TEL AVIV, ISRAEL - MAY 26: School children take cover under desks during a nationwide drill to prepare the public for an emergency situation, on May 26, 2010 in Tel Aviv, Israel. Sirens sounded across the country as authorities put an extensive missile drill exercise into practice to test the nation's preparedness. Getty Images.
JERUSALEM – Sirens sounded across Israel Wednesday morning as part of a massive air raid drill aimed at practicing the civilian response to large-scale rocket attacks.
Emergency crews and soldiers have been practicing all week how to deal with multiple casualties from rocket explosions. Some Israelis rushed to air raid shelters in Wednesday's public part of the four-day drill, but others ignored the wailing sirens.
In the central Israeli city of Rehovot, teachers marched a line of small children toward a shelter in a community center, but next door, the neighborhood bomb shelter remained locked, and none of the residents tried to follow government instructions to run for the bombproof facilities.
Residents of nearby cities told reporters they already experienced running for cover during real rocket attacks, so they did not feel the need to practice.
Rockets pummeled large parts of Israel during the 2006 summer war with Hezbollah guerrillas in Lebanon and last year's winter war with Gaza militants.
Gaza militants and Hezbollah, along with Syria, still have large numbers of rockets. Another threat comes from Iran, which has missiles that can hit Israel and has a nuclear program that Israel charges is designed to produce nuclear weapons. Iran insists the program is peaceful.
Read more at Associated Press.
If Iran drops a nuke, "duck & cover" won't help much.