Israel begins countrywide civil defense drill


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel began its biggest civil defense drill in the country’s history.

The five-day drill, which will include a 90-second siren sounded across the entire nation on Tuesday morning, began Sunday.

The exercise will involve various governmental offices, local authorities, security and rescue teams, the Israeli education establishment and other public and private institutions, according to the IDF Spokesman’s Office.

The exercise is aimed at improving Israel’s national preparedness by exercising the coordinated operation of its emergency response institutions during emergencies. The exercise will examine the simultaneous functioning of the various institutions in order to highlight possible areas for improvement.

The drill, taking place for the third year in a row and code-named Turning Point 3, will be the most extensive ever held in Israel.

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