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Hotel drill simulates Obama rescue

Security forces use huge crane to examine emergency scenarios during US president's stay in Jerusalem next week

Noam (Dabul) Dvir
Published: 03.15.13, 20:26 / Israel News

A security drill was held Friday morning at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem ahead US President Barack Obama's visit to Israel next week.


Police forces, the hotel's security guards, firefighting services and the team in charge of the American president's security simulated possible scenarios which would require removing Obama from the hotel.


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"We conducted an exercise using a huge crane," said Shmulik Levy, a team leader at the firefighting services. "We studied and examined the crane's limitations and abilities. The goal was to create situation requiring a rescue or an emergency event."  

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Hotel drill (Photo: Gil Yohanan)

(צילום: גיל יוחנן)

Huge crane (Photo: Gil Yohanan)


The president's convoy, which is expected to arrive in Israel with two limousines, was simulated in an exercise held Thursday night. Sunday morning will see a drill simulating the helicopters slated to carry the American president from Ben-Gurion Airport to Jerusalem.


Obama's visit, which begins Wednesday, will be secured by thousands of police officers. According to requirements received from the American teams, every single person involved in securing the convoy or serving the president's entourage – including waiters and producers – has undergone security screening.



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