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The IDF Homefront Command has become perhaps the most critical branch of the Israeli military in recent years.

By Dov Eilon | | Topics: MILITARY
Gaza Strip
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This was particularly evident during the latest terrorist rocket bombardment from the Gaza Strip. Soldiers of the Homefront Command provided assistance to and were the contact persons for the residents of Israel’s southern region.

Until 1992, there were only the Northern, the Central and the Southern Command. The Homefront Command was established in 1992 following the first Gulf War, during which Iraq hit Israel with dozens of SCUD missiles. It’s mission is to aid and assist the civilian population, which is becoming more and more of a target in armed conflicts, as was proved once again when in November

Hamas hit Israeli towns and villages across the western Negev with more than 500 rockets and mortar shells.

During such attacks, the Homefront Command keeps the targeted civilian population up-to-date with the latest threats and developments. It also ensures that all citizens know what to do in the event of an attack or other disaster. These instructions are posted to the Internet and presented during visits to local schools....

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