Last week, IDF (Zahal)’s Gaash Formation carried out simulation including the kidnapping of an IDF (Zahal) soldier and a cross-border attack on Israeli civilians
Date: 08/05/2012, 12:19 PM Author: Matan Galin
Last week, the Northern Command’s Gaash Formation tested its preparedness for a combat situation in which the Israeli civilian population on the home front is under attack.
The annual drill simulated a situation in which the IDF (Zahal) has to cope with a regional flare-up. Maj. Gen. Yair Golan, chief of the Northern Command, observed the exercise.
During the exercise, there were reports of a Katyusha rocket falling on an Israeli factory containing hazardous materials. A hazardous materials removal team reached the scene first. With oxygen tanks and protective suits, these forces handled the primary damage. Afterwards, fire and rescue forces arrived, evacuating the injured and preventing the spread of toxins.
The simulation also included the kidnapping of an IDF (Zahal) soldier, the hostile takeover of a UN post, and riots in Syria.
The simulation follows a similar drill carried out last month by the Galilee Division.