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Israel's nuclear facility Photo: Tsafrir Abayov
Israel's nuclear facility Photo: Tsafrir Abayov

Defense establishment to simulate strike on nuclear facility

Security forces to hold 'worse case scenario' drill testing enemy strike on nuclear compound, lessons learned from Japan's Fukushima disaster

Yossi Yehoshua
Published: 09.04.11, 13:02 / Israel News

The defense establishment will hold a special emergency drill this week, simulating an enemy strike on Israel's nuclear facility.


"Operation Fernando" will aim to test the defense establishment's readiness for the worst case scenario – a missile strike on the facility itself or its immediate surroundings, Yedioth Ahronoth reported.



The drill, whose details have been classified as top secret, is scheduled for Tuesday. Given its classification, only a handful of senior defense establishment officials are privy to its outline.


Israel's nuclear facility near Dimona (Photo: AFP)
Israel's nuclear facility near Dimona (Photo: AFP)


The Israel Atomic Energy Commission will oversee the drill, along with the Home Front Command and Ministry for Home Front Defense.


Apart from an enemy strike scenario, "Operation Fernando" also aims to test the implementation of various lessons learned from Japan's Fukushima disaster.


"Operation Fernando" is the first of its kind to be held in Israel in the past seven years.


Meanwhile, the defense establishment has finished its review of the results of "Turning Point 5" – the nationwide Home Front Command emergency drill, which tested war readiness in 85 cities and towns across Israel.


The report found that while emergency services and municipalities' communication and coordination with the Home Front Command had improved, the coordination between the emergency services themselves was still lacking.




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