Embassies raise alert levels, Israelis line up for gas masks

Syria strike raises fears that Hezbollah may attack homefront or missions abroad

A gas mask distribution center (photo credit: Gili Yaari/Flash 90)
A gas mask distribution center (photo credit: Gili Yaari/Flash 90)

Preparedness at Israeli embassies was stepped up on Sunday over fears that Hezbollah may stage an attack as retaliation for Israeli airstrikes on Syria over the weekend.

In Israel, requests for gas-mask kits were up fourfold as fears grew of a possible Syrian response, though officials said the likelihood of a Syrian response is low.

Hezbollah, which was reportedly the intended recipient of the Iranian missile shipments stored at sites targeted in Damascus on Friday and Sunday, has been known to strike at Israeli and Jewish targets around the world, including a bus of Israeli tourists in Bulgaria last year. The group is also believed to be linked to attacks and attempted attacks on Israeli embassies in Georgia and India.

Distribution centers and post offices across the country said that the number of requests for masks was four times that of usual. According to Maariv, Israel has in its possession enough gas masks for approximately 60 percent of the population.

The IDF also took steps to prepare for a possible Syrian or Hezbollah response to Sunday morning’s airstrike, when it deployed two Iron Dome missile defense batteries in the north of the country on Sunday morning.

One Iron Dome battery was deployed in Safed and the other in Haifa, where officials convened an emergency meeting over gearing up for a possible response.

The IDF also shut down civilian airspace over the north of the country, closing Haifa’s regional airport.

The Iron Dome system has proved highly effective in stopping short-range rocket fire, intercepting 84 percent of the incoming rockets from Gaza during Operation Pillar of Defense last November.

 Adiv Sterman contributed to this report. Original File at http://www.timesofisrael.com/embassies-raise-alert-levels-israelis-line-up-for-gas-masks/  

Keep up to date on this conflict by visiting The Times of Israel’s website on this conflict.

‘Syria to permit Palestinians to attack from Golan’

According to Syrian media, Assad reportedly give green light to Palestinian factions to carry out attacks against Israel.

Following alleged Israeli air strikes on Syria over the weekend, Syrian authorities were planning to allow Palestinian resistance factions to work across the Syrian border of the Golan Heights to carry out attacks against Israel, Syrian daily Al Watan reported Monday.

According to the report, the initiative was due to be discussed in upcoming meetings between Syria and Palestinian faction leaders, said Khalid Abd al-Majid, secretary- general of the Palestinian Popular Struggle Front.

Read More of this post here: http://www.jpost.com/Defense/Report-Syria-to-permit-Palestinians-to-attack-from-Golan-312365

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