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The nuclear research facility in Dimona.
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Israel held a large exercise Tuesday, simulating a missile striking its nuclear reactor near Dimona in the southern Negev desert, a military spokeswoman confirmed.

The military did not provide details, but Israel Radio reported that hundreds of soldiers, police, a medical staff, rescue workers and other personnel participated.

The drill's details have been classified as top secret, with only a handful of top defense officials said to be privy to its outline.

The exercise, codenamed Operation Fernando and the first of its kind since 2004, was overseen by the Israeli army's Home Front Command and the Israel Atomic Energy Commission (IAEC).

Israel is trying to implement lessons learnt from the March earthquake-triggered nuclear accident in Japan.