Israeli army forms new unit to protect Israelis national emergenciesBy Mason White 5:10 PM August 7, 2013
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By: Ryan Lee Hall
The Israeli military has formed a new unit that will protect Israeli citizens during national emergencies, according to a military spokesperson.
The Xinhua News Agency reported that the unit is comprised of four existing search and rescue battalions of the Home Front Command.
As a centralized operations center, the brigade will coordinate the activities of the four battalions to deal with mass casualty incidents, including missile strikes on multiple fronts, biological and chemical weapons, and natural disasters.
The Israel defense establishment estimates that thousands of rockets and missiles could be launched regularly against the country by militant groups of neighboring states.
General Eyal Eizenberg, who heads the Home Front Command, said the threats and challenges facing Israel are on the increase.
“Our homes have become targets of more attacks, and we are ready to help people in emergency cases,” Eizenberg said.
The new brigade will be located in southern Israeli Zikim military camp and its first commander will be Colonel Yoram Laredo.