Gas mask distribution resumes in Israel as precaution for possible Syria retaliation

( The Israel Defense Forces’ Homefront Command resumed its distribution of gas mask kits to the public on Sunday, as the possibility of a U.S. attack on Syria—and of subsequent Syrian retaliation against Israel—remained ambiguous.

Thousands of Israelis recently descended on gas mask distribution centers, many of which had to close their doors after running out of kits.

The Homefront Command said its distribution centers would work their usual hours this week, with additional centers operating only in Tel Aviv, Ramat Gan and Bat Yam, in central Israel, and in Haifa. Despite the recent high demand for gas mask kits, the Homefront Command said it would not open additional distribution centers.

“We are operating on several levels and Homefront Command is geared to meet various scenarios,” Homefront Command Chief Brig. Gen. Zvika Tessler said in a statement, according to Israel Hayom.

“We are in constant contact with local authorities, government bureaus and emergency services. In light of recent developments, Homefront Command officers have been meeting with local officials to coordinate their level of readiness,” he said.

Posted on September 8, 2013 .