Mysterious Smell Envelops Central Israel; Tel Aviv Municipality Investigating Source

Residents of Tel Aviv complain of a harsh chlorine-like substance that could be felt in the air.

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Residents of Tel Aviv, Gush Dan and central Israel complained Thursday morning of a harsh chemical substance that could be felt in the air.

Many people described the smell as similar to the smell of chlorine. Initially, the Home Front Command believed the source of the smell could be gas drilling near Nitzanim in southern Israel. However, the claims were proven wrong. No special instructions were given to the residents, as the Ministry of the Environment stated that no dangerous substances were detected.

Haze envelopes Tel Aviv. Credit: Moti Milrod

Residents who attempted to call the Tel Aviv Municipality to complain received an automated message according to which professionals were checking the issue of an “unknown smell,” and that there is “no need to report it, as media outlets will update throughout the day.”

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