Israel Seeks to Return to Germany Useless Gas Antidotes Given As Gift

Israel is seeking a graceful way to return poison gas antidote sent as a gift by Germany during the Persian Gulf War which may have been useless, the Israeli daily Hadashot reported Thursday.

An Israeli Defense Ministry delegation now visiting Germany is discussing the matter with German officials, the newspaper said, quoting defense establishment sources.

Israel would like to give back the thousands of atropine syringes that came with the gas masks and protective clothing sent by Germany.

It turned out later that the syringes were part of old stock which the German Defense Ministry wanted to dispose of. The atropine, which is supposed to be injected immediately on exposure to poison gas, was no longer effective.

It is not known whether any of those syringes were contained in the protective kits distributed to the Israeli population.

According to Hadashot, the protective clothing from Germany was also obsolete.

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