Israeli engineers are surveying buildings in the Mexican capital to determine whether they are safe, while others in the delegation continue searching through the rubble, still hoping to find survivors.
By Yoav Zitun, Itamar Eichner
The IDF delegation to Mexico City on Saturday continued searching through the wreckage caused by the deadly 7.1 magnitude earthquake that devastated the country earlier this week, though at this point the chances of finding survivors are said to be very small.Because of the bleak assessments, the Israeli delegation—after consultations with the Mexican, American and Japanese rescue teams also operating in the city—gave up its surgical search methods over the last two days in favor of more massive, large-scale efforts. Continue Reading »
Israel’s Home Front Command delegation from the IDF that arrived in Mexico specializes in construction & engineering, that includes 71 professionally equipped soldiers & officers to assist in the logistical efforts of the locals, from their coordinated search teams, to successful rescues.
– ‘We’ll stay as long as it takes,’ said the IDF delegation’s commander.
By Itamar Eichner and Yoav Zitun
The IDF has dispatched a rescue unit to Mexico City Thursday to assist in logistical efforts in some of the 38 buildings to completely buckle in the Mexican capital after the earthquake that hit it Tuesday.
The earthquake—registering 7.1 on the Richter scale—caused 250 fatalities and injuries to more than 2,000 people. Continue Reading »
Although the next war with Hezbollah isn’t likely to happen anytime soon, both Jewish and Arab towns along northern border have begun local civil defense training by the IDF.
By Israel Today Staff
In marking the 16th anniversary of Israel’s withdrawal from southern Lebanon, the Lebanese newspaper Al-Safir reported that the Hezbollah terrorist militia is busy digging tunnels under the Israeli border in preparation for future conflict.
Hezbollah parade in Lebanon
According to the article, the tunnels enable Hezbollah terrorists to attack Israel at a moment’s notice, and include sophisticated ventilation and electricital systems and enough supplies to allow militants to remain in the tunnels for weeks at a time. Continue Reading »
Sirens will sound throughout Israel as civilians, IDF, Home Front Command, local municipalities and police & emergency services hold nationwide coordinated 5-day annual safety drill.
By Itay Blumenthal
Israel is in for days of mock explosions, sirens and missile and terror attacks as its security and rescue services on Sunday launched a five-day drill across the country.
Rescue personnel train during a previous drill – Photo: Reuters/Archive
The drill involves the Home Front Command, the Ministry of Defense’s National Emergency Authority (NEA), government ministries, local authorities, security organizations, the education system, and public and private entities. The exercises will end Thursday. Continue Reading »
National exercise will simulate multiple missile fire on cities, damage to strategic military sites, large-scale terrorist attacks, & other possible scenarios in a future war against Hezbollah and/or Hamas.
By Yoav Zitun
The annual Home Front Command military exercise will commence next Sunday, simulating a number of war scenarios, after a hiatus last year caused by Operation Protective Edge.
The annual exercise in 2013 – Photo: IDF Spokesman
The exercise is scheduled to continue until next Thursday, and will focus this year on two scenarios that could occur in another conflict: a multi-front war, meaning simultaneous missile and rocket barrages from southern Lebanon and the Gaza Strip, as well as damage to essential strategic sites such as seaports and airports, power stations, and water facilities. Continue Reading »
Even though Israel legislated the building of reinforced security rooms over 2 decades ago, much of the country still has no place to go in time of war.
“In any future war, three branches will be activated immediately: the Israel Air Force, Military Intelligence and the Home Front Command. The main problem will be the Home Front Command, since its soldiers are civilians. This requires special preparedness.”
Neighborhood bomb-shelter entrance – Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP
This is how Maj. Gen. (ret.) Matan Vilnai, a former deputy defense minister and the first minister of home front defense sees the next war. Continue Reading »
Spoon-bending Uri Geller will participate in a new Home Front Command commercial to educate the Israeli public on how to find shelter during a rocket attack.
Celebrity psychic Uri Geller is the beaming new face of Israeli disaster-readiness, starring in army-sponsored TV and Internet advertisements on how to take shelter from missile attacks or earthquakes.
Uri Geller – Photo: UriGeller.com
Launched on Wednesday, the campaign marks Geller’s return to his native country from Britain and aims to keep Israelis vigilant, though public fears of any imminent war with Iran, Syria or Lebanese and Palestinian guerrillas have receded. Continue Reading »
Having once written ‘Home Front Defense Ministry is ‘unnecessary’,now the director says his ministry ‘does not have a leg to stand on,’ Major General (res.) Dan Ronen writes in his letter of resignation.
The Director of the Home Front Ministry, Major General (res.) Dan Ronen, tendered his resignation Tuesday.
Ronen explained that the ministry does not have the necessary tools to successfully discharge its responsibilities. “The ministry was founded unprofessionally in 2011 without a leg to stand on,” he fumed in his letter of resignation.
There has been extensive bickering between the Defense Ministry and the Home Front Ministry over the responsibility and authority to be granted to the latter. Continue Reading »
Defense officials determined the present threat to Israelis has decreased substantially due to the int’l teams dismantling of Syria’s chemical weapons.
Decisions on future distribution will be made based on upcoming threat assessments.
By Shlomi Diaz, Shlomo Cesana & Lilach Shoval
Gas mask kits will no longer be handed out in Israel as of Thursday, in accordance with a government decision to close distribution centers.
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Trying on my gas-mask – Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP
The decision stemmed from the defense establishment’s belief that the threat to Israeli citizens has decreased substantially due to the dismantling of Syria’s chemical weapons.
After Thursday, gas mask production will be limited and the kits will be distributed to emergency service teams alone.
Everyone called on to actively participate in national exercise by going to their protected areas when sirens are sounded at 12:30 pm in afternoon & 7:05 this evening.
No sirens will be heard in areas bordering Gaza, in order not to cause panic.
By Yoav Zitun
One of the two sirens part of the annual emergency exercise sounded at noon on Monday. The first alarm sounded at 12:30 pm and was meant primarily as a workplace and educational institution exercise. The second siren will sound vated at 7:05 pm, so families can practice in their homes.
Erdan (second from left), beside IDF chief Benny Gantz – Photo: IDF Spokesperson
Following reports of the firing of a rocket from Lebanese territory toward Metula and keeping in mind Israeli worries of the flow of advanced weaponry from Syria to Hezbollah, the Home Front Command has called on citizens to actively participate in the exercise and enter protected spaces. Continue Reading »
With IAF jets flying overhead, Kiryat Shmona is carrying out maintenance of its bomb shelters, in case of unexpected escalation.
Civilians in Israel’s northern communities are carrying on with their daily routines, but there is tension following the reported attack on a Syrian chemical weapons factory and ensuing threats from Iran and Syria.
As of Friday morning, the IDF has not instructed authority heads to take any special steps, but Kiryat Shmona, Israel’s northernmost city, has embarked on a project of cleaning and maintenance of its bomb shelters.
The Home Front Command noted Thursday that no special instructions have been issued, and there is no need to raise the level of alert. Continue Reading »
So far some 2,000 Command reservists have been recruited
Municipality heads within 75-km range from Gaza Strip are instructed to prepare their communities for 50 days of conflict
By Yoav Zitun
Home Front Command asks local authorities to prepare for seven-week fighting period: In discussions held between Home Front Command Chief Major-General Eyal Eisenberg, regional commanders and heads of local authorities in the center and in the south, authorities have been instructed to prepare for a seven-week period of combat as part of Operation Pillar of Defense and to prepare emergency supplies, accordingly.
IDF prepares armed forces near Gaza border – Photo:REUTERS/Ronen Zvulu
Some supplies were prepared in advance. Continue Reading »
The IDF’s Home Front Command sent a search & rescue team Thursday morning to Ghana following the collapse of a department store in Accra
The IDF’s Home Front Command sent a rescue team Thursday morning to Accra, Ghana following the collapse of a department store.
Dozens of people are believed to be trapped under the rubble of the building, officials said.
The aircraft departed from the Nevatim air force base in the Negev, led by National Rescue Division Commander General Ramtine Sabti.
Included among the members of the team are physicians and other rescue personnel with technical experience in disaster relief. Continue Reading »