IDF prepares for national drill: 230,000 rockets towards Israel, war on 3 fronts

1,500 rockets per day, hundreds of casualties and thousands of damaged buildings: Israel’s National Home Front Command drill will take place next week and will test the country’s levels of preparedness for worst-case scenarios such as all-out war and a powerful earthquake.
Photo Credit: IDF Spokesperson's Unit / Channel 2 News

Next week, Israel’s National Home Front Command drill will take place, at the height of which an alarm will sound off across the country on Tuesday and residents will be asked to enter the Merkhav Mugan (security room) in their building.

The extensive drill will be held by the IDF together with Israel’s Home Front Command and will include a war scenario on several fronts, massive rocket attacks on Israel, the harming of essential infrastructure facilities, the collapse of Israel’s electricity and communications network and cyber attacks.

1,500 rockets a day Photo Credit: Channel 2 News

According to the Home Front Command’s estimations, Iran, Syria, Hezbollah and Hamas have a total of 230 thousand rockets of various ranges. In the worst-case scenario where Israel will be attacked simultaneously on all fronts, 1,500 rockets will be fired at Israel every day, 95% of which are short-range. Taking into account the abilities of the Iron Dome air defense system and the rockets’ precision, the Home Front Command estimates that only 1% of the rockets will directly hit buildings.

28,000 buildings could be damaged in a powerful earthquake Photo Credit: Moshe Milner / GPO / Channel 2 News

The scenario of a powerful earthquake will also be tested during the drill, with the parking garage collapse that took place in Tel Aviv recently raising questions regarding Israel’s level of preparedness for such an incident. According to the estimations, around 28 thousand buildings could be damaged in a powerful earthquake, mostly along the Great Rift Valley. In order to provide an adequate initial response to such an incident, the Home Front Command has trained around ten thousand Israeli citizens as preliminary aid teams and also plans on training high schoolers across Israel to provide such aid.

Iran is also being taken into account in a worst-case scenario Photo Credit: Reuters / Channel 2 News

Meanwhile, the IDF and Israeli Defense Ministry are preparing for the event that Israeli towns near the border have to be evacuated in light of the change in Hamas and Hezbollah’s methods of warfare. The estimation is that the terror organizations could potentially try to enter Israeli territory from above or below the ground and gain control over an Israeli town or IDF post.

Thousands will be trained to provide preliminary aid Photo Credit: IDF Spokesperson's Unit / Channel 2 News

As for the threat of rockets, the Home Front Command is improving its warning system and redefining its warning zones with greater precision so that alarms will sound off only in areas of the city where a rocket landing is expected, rather than across the entire city.

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