JERUSALEM (JTA) – Gas mask distribution centers in Israel closed, following a decision by the Defense Ministry to halt the distribution of gas masks to the civilian public.
The centers closed Thursday, the last day scheduled for distribution by the Home Front Command of the Israel Defense Services and by the Israel Postal Company. The decision to cancel the public distribution of gas masks was made in January by the government’s Security cabinet.
Some 63 percent of Israeli civilians have received their gas masks, according to the Postal Company.
The decision to halt the distribution will be reassessed at the end of the year, Haaretz reported.
The manufacturing of gas masks and protective kits will continue, however, mostly for u se by soldiers and reservists.
Israel pays about $85.2 million a year to maintain the gas mask program, Haaretz reported.