As tensions rise, Israelis scramble for gas masks
JERUSALEM (AP) - Large crowds of Israelis have lined up at gas-mask distribution centers across the country in anticipation of a possible Syrian attack on Israel.
The US has signaled that it will soon strike Syria in response to its alleged use of chemical weapons last week.
That has raised speculation that Syria might retaliate with an attack on Israel, a close US ally.
Maya Avishai of the Israeli postal service, which oversees gas mask distribution, says demand has tripled in recent days.