Coded announcements over Israel Radio began the country's biggest-ever military mobilisation exercise on Sunday (25 August).
GV Traffic in Jerusalem
CU Radio broadcasting news of call up
GV Troops walking through streets
GV People climbing into truck on route for call-up centres
GV Troops stopping cars along road to fill with people heading for call up centres
GV People checking in at centres (4 shots)
GV Closed shops and empty streets (2 shots)
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Background: Coded announcements over Israel Radio began the country's biggest-ever military mobilisation exercise on Sunday (25 August).
The radio fired off a series of secret slogans, each designed to call up a fighting unit or order civilian vehicles into service. The people affected by the announcements left their homes and places of work and formed long queues in the streets, waiting for their turn to report for duty. Civilian cars were stopped by the army and filled up with reservists on their way to call-up centres.
The Israeli General Headquarters said that the 24-hour exercise was to test improvements in the rapid call-up system since it was used in the Middle East war last October. There has been some criticism that Israel, which has a relatively small standing army, was slow to mobilise its reserve forces when the Arabs attacked in 1973.
United Nations representatives and ambassadors in Israel have been warned that this alert is merely an exercise and not the real thing in order to avoid misunderstandings in neighbouring Arab countries.