Israel to simulate biological attacks

Israel will simulate the largest exercise in its history simulating a response to a biological warfare attack next week.

The exercise, code named Orange Flame, will be held in Tel Aviv, Ramat Gan and Holan in the nation's Dan region. The goal of Orange Flame is to evaluate the ability of the Home Front, medical services, rescue teams and municipal authorities to respond during the conditions created by a biological attack caused by either terrorists or accident.

During the exercise, to be held next Wednesday and Thursday, Home Front Command rescue units and special Health Ministry detection units will search for biological hazards while dealing with hundreds of citizens presenting exposure symptoms.

The simulated injuries will be treated at major hospitals including Ichilov, Tel Hashomer  and Sheba as well as health maintenance organizations.

Affected citizens will also be received at Beit Dani in Tel Aviv, Winter Stadium in Ramat Gan and the Holon Country Club. More than 1,000 volunteers trained in behaving as if they have been exposed to biological agents will receive treatment at the centers.

Brigadier General (res.) Ze'ev Snir, the defense minister's special assistance on the subject, told that the exercise will, "train the country to deal with biological terrorism attacks."