Anti-aircraft siren tests in Israel on Wednesday

Israel’s Home Front Command, the IDF’s civil defense command, will conduct airstrike siren tests across Israel on Wednesday, November 3. Divided into several warning areas, the alerts will be active from 10:00 am to 11:00 am and from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Alarms and warnings will be broadcast in various regions of northern Israel, such as Acre, Masada, Kiryat Ata and Kiryat Bialik, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Central and southern regions such as Jerusalem, Ashkelon North , Ramat Gan, Rishon Lezion and Herzliya will carry out their drill from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

Alerts will be broadcast on all platforms: sirens, the Home Front Command widget, the national emergency portal, and various other news and social media.

Residents of the districts participating in the drill are expected to react quickly to the sirens and reach a designated safe area within a safe period of time.

Members of the Knesset Honor Guard, National Front Command, Firefighters, IDF and Magen David Adom Emergency Medical Services of Israel participate in an emergency drill simulating an earthquake near Ashkelon on 19 December 2019 (credit: YANIV NADAV / FLASH90)

The duration of site-specific security exercises varies depending on the amount of time it takes for residents to evacuate in the event of a missile warning. For example, Tel Katzir and Masada have a time interval of 30 seconds, while Givat Yoav-Bnei Yehuda and Kfar Vradim only have 15 seconds to get to safety.

The airstrike exercise is part of a larger nationwide exercise aimed at simulating a full-scale war with Lebanon’s Hezbollah, which will continue through Thursday. The drill is taking lessons learned from past events in the north, as well as from the May fighting between Israel and terrorist groups in the Gaza Strip – Operation Guardian of the Walls – and from the Second Lebanon War in 2006.

Anna Ahronheim contributed to this report.

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