Israel to stop public distribution of gas masks

Israel will end the pubic distribution of gas masks next month, the security Cabinet decided.

The Jan. 19 decision came in light of the security establishment’s assessment that there has been a significant decline in the threat of a chemical weapons attack on Israel, the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement.

At the end of February, the production of gas mask kits will continue on a limited basis for rescue forces; they no longer will be distributed to the public. — jta