Surprise IDF Drill Held to Test Preparedness on Northern Border

In second exercise in the Northern Command this year, military said it is mobilizing security forces, vehicles and aircraft in the area, and that residents may hear sirens and explosions

IDF soldiers hold an exercise in the Golan Heights, July 22, 2018.
Gil Eliahu

The Israel Defense Forces are holding a surprise drill in the Jezreel Valley and the Upper Galilee on Monday and Tuesday, it announced Monday morning.

The drill aims to test "the readiness and operational capabilities of the Northern Command," the military's statement said.  

The military said that it is mobilizing security forces, vehicles and aircraft in the area, and that residents may hear sirens and explosions. The drill is being led by interim IDF comptroller Brig. Gen. (Res.) Ofer Sarig, and is the second in a series of exercises to test the forces' readiness held this year.    

In June, the Israeli military held a five-day, wide-scale drill in the country's north, also to test preparedness.