Israel begins building CBRN shelters

Officials with the Israel Defense Home Front Command are mapping out locations in large cities for huge bomb shelters, which will house civilians in the event of chemical or biological military strikes.

While Israel’s concern over Iran’s nuclear program continues to grow, the Jewish state has also expressed alarm over the fact that Tehran already possesses unconventional weapons which include chemical and biologic agents which can be mounted on long-range missiles for air strikes, reports.

“Israel is preparing to set up additional large underground spaces which will be able to accommodate tens of thousands of people and protect them from unconventional weaponry,” IDF Lt.-Col. Ronny Seri told

Intelligence reports have led IDF officials to believe that Hezbollah and Hamas have the ability to launch long-range missiles from Lebanese territory and from within the Gaza Strip into most parts of Israel.

Officials told that Jerusalem will be the first to have its own mass-capacity shelter. The shelter is currently being constructed beneath a train station complex at the entrance to the city. The station is set between a convention center complex and a large city bus terminal and office building.

The shelter's main hall, which is approximately 80 meters below ground, should hold up to 5,000 people for an extended period, officials tell The facility includes an advanced air-filtration system along with medical and communications equipment.

The underground tunnels at the Jerusalem site, which will link the city to coastal Tel Aviv some 60 kilometers away, are now under construction, officials said.

A central shelter is also due to be built below the historic Habima theater complex in Tel Aviv. It connects to a large bomb shelter already built under the Tel Aviv main bus terminal, one of the largest in the Middle East. Additional shelters in the Tel Aviv area will be built at 10 light-railway stations, according to