Israelis obtain gas masks

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FILE - In this March 15, 2007 file photo Israeli school children wear gas masks during a drill organized by the Israeli Home Front Command  simulating a chemical missile attack in a shelter at a school in the central Israeli city of Lod. Israel's outgoing civil defense chief said Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012 that an attack on Iran's nuclear sites would likely trigger a drawn-out war that would last months and kill hundreds of Israelis.(AP Photo/Oded Balilty, File)

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Israel decided on Sunday to end a decades-old policy of issuing gas masks to the public in an apparent sign of confidence in Syria's chemical weapons disarmament.

Since being hit by Iraqi Scud missiles during the 1991 Gulf War, authorities have handed out masks, though Syria's chemical arsenal was Israel's primary concern in recent years. (Reuters)

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