Israeli Cities Ordered To
Ready Bomb Shelters

By Mazal Mualem
Ha'aretz Daily Correspondent

The Union of Local Authorities (ULA) on Thursday ordered the heads of the local municipalities to prepare public bomb shelters. The move came following re-assessment talks with security forces, which were held in light of the current tension between the United States and Iraq, and the possibility that Israel will be the target of an Iraqi retaliatory strike in response to an American invasion. ULA Chairman Adi Eldar sent a letter to municipality heads, requesting that they hold tutorial sessions with Home Front command officers, and they check the operational level of the shelters in their municipality. The municpalities were also ordered to ensure that they have adequate gasoline reserves, that the backup systems are in working order and that they had adequate numbers of staff.

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