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Israel is to outfit its entire population with gas masks.
The distribution will commence in two months.
No reason has been given by the Israeli government for providing its residents with gas masks.
There has been no indication from any country that it is planning to attack Israel, nor is any country in the Middle East likely to engage Israel in chemical warfare.
The move has heightened expectations that Israel may launch an attack on Iran's nuclear facilities which could spark an unconventional response. It is not known however whether Iran has any chemical or biological weapon