Israeli leaders reveals nuclear bunker opened up for coronavirus crisis
The Israeli government has opened up a war bunker in the Jerusalem hills to help coordinate its campaign against the spread of the coronavirus, Israeli officials said.
The bunker named the “National Management Centre” was built more than a decade ago because of concern about Iran’s nuclear program and missile exchanges with Lebanese Islamist movement Hezbollah or Palestinian militant group Hamas.
According to Israeli officials, it includes living quarters and command facilities and can be accessed from the government complex in Jerusalem and the western foothills leading to Tel Aviv.
The bunker is another tool for managing, controlling, oversight and tracking the coronavirus.
Defence Minister Naftali Bennett appeared to play down the move and said it is not so relevant to the crisis. They are not under a missile attack that would require them to be underground.
Israel has reported 2,666 coronavirus cases and eight fatalities. After restricting people’s movements as a precaution, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that a nationwide lockdown could be ordered within days.