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Israel tests SMS missile alerts as Iran chatter grows

SMS System warn the population of an imminent missile attack by Iran

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The Israeli army on Sunday began testing a nationwide SMS system for warning the public of an imminent missile attack as chatter over a possible strike on Iran dominated the Israeli press headlines.

With front page stories in two papers suggesting Teheran had made progress towards the manufacture and assembly of a nuclear warhead, Israel’s Home Front Command began final tests of a public warning system which is expected to be operational by September.

‘The Home Front Command will today start conducting nationwide testing of the ‘Personal Message’ alert system, which will end on Thursday,’ said a statement indicating that SMS texts in Hebrew, Arabic, English and Russian would be sent to subscribers on Israel’s three main networks: Cellcom, Pelephone and Orange.

The idea is that the SMS system could be used to warn the population of an imminent missile attack by Iran or Lebanon’s Hizbollah militia, which could become a reality if Israel decides to mount a pre-emptive military strike on nuclear facilities in Iran, reports The Straits Times. 

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