Israel defended its decision to have citizens open their gas mask kits after the United States attacked Iraq last week. Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz said the instructions were necessary because the chance of an Iraqi missile attack on Israel, while minimal, still exists. Mofaz’s comments, made Sunday, came after Israeli army officials criticized the decision to order residents to open their gas-mask kits when the war on Iraq began.
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