Air raid sirens sound across Israel

Tuesday, April 08, 2008 |  by Staff Writer

Air raid sirens were sounded across Israel for 90 seconds on Tuesday as part of an ongoing national emergency drill, the largest of its kind ever held in the Jewish state.

Dubbed "Turning Point 2," the drill entered its third day on Tuesday, and saw emergency forces called into action by the sirens simulate non-conventional missile strikes on Israeli population centers. The exercise is scheduled to last another two days.

The rocket-battered communities of southwestern Israel, those exposed to daily attacks by Gaza-based Palestinian forces, were spared the trauma of another siren blast.

Israel is conducting Turning Point 2 in response to mounting regional threats and its poor handling of the home front during the 2006 Second Lebanon War.

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