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Israel Not Endangered by Nuclear Radiation from Explosion in Sahara

February 16, 1960
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Moscow statements asserting that Israel has been endangered by nuclear radiation, as a result of the French explosion of a nuclear device in the Sahara Desert, were ridiculed here today by the spokesman for the Israeli Commission on the Dangers of Nuclear Radiation.

No nuclear radiation at all was detected here since the Sahara blast, the spokesman declared. Detection posts have been on the alert, he stated, with equipment ready to detect “even the slightest” change.

According to the Commission. it is impossible that nuclear radiation would increase here as a result of the Sahara explosion. The spokesman said the quantity of radiation here would not be as large as the nuclear radiation detected in New York after atomic blasts in Nevada.

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