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Antwerp Jews Stage Massive Emergency Attack Drill

An emergency bomb drill was held at a Jewish school in Antwerp, designed to prepare the city for a potential attack.
By Rachel Hirshfeld
First Publish: 9/2/2012, 3:44 PM

Emergency Drill
Emergency Drill
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An emergency bomb drill was held at a Jewish school in Antwerp, Belgium, in an effort to prepare individuals and rescue organizations in the city for a potential attack.

The mock-emergency procedure involved gunshots by people acting as terrorists, a car bomb explosion and children covered in fake blood, as well as stretchers and ambulances lined up outside the city centre building, The Jewish Chronicle (JC) reported.

Approximately 60 people, including children from the local Yesodei Hatorah elementary school, participated in the event, which was organized by the city's Jewish community.

The drill was supported by Magen David Adom and Hatzolah, as well as a local terrorist response organization, and ZAKA, which sent experts from Israel to take part in the drill, the JC reported.

Mark Gardner, from the Community Service Trust said that the organization had already planned safety awareness programs in the UK, although not on the same scale as the one that was conducted in Antwerp.

“Our streetwise course is not about racism, anti-Semitism or terrorism. It’s about being safe on the street,” he said, according to the JC.