Israelis buy gas masks amid fears of possible US strike on Syria
JERUSALEM (AFP) - Fearing a possible US strike against neighbouring Syria which could spill across their northern border, Israelis are scurrying to replace old or missing gas masks, an official said on Tuesday.
"Since the beginning of the week, there has been a significant rise in the number of calls to our enquiry centre, a four-fold increase," a spokesman for the Israel Postal Service, which distributes the gas masks, told AFP.
The working week in Israel begins on Sunday.
She said that actual orders for masks to be delivered by courier were up 300 per cent compared to "normal" days, and added that there was also an uptick in numbers of people visiting distribution centres, but she gave no figures for the visits.