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January 19, 1991
Eight Scud-B missiles from Iraq--all high explosives rather than the feared poison-gas type--struck Israel early Friday. A dozen Israelis were hurt. But tragically, three women and a 3-year-old child suffocated in their gas masks during the raid. Most of the victims apparently had failed to remove the cap on the breathing canisters of their government issued gas masks. Different kinds of masks are used in different nations; the U.S.
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WORLD
January 19, 2014 | By Batsheva Sobelman
JERUSALEM -- With the dismantling of Syria's chemical weapons underway, Israel will halt distribution of gas masks to civilians next month, the government announced Sunday. The decision came following an assessment by Israel's defense establishment that there has been a “significant decline in the threat of chemical weapons being fired at Israel,” a government statement said According to the statement, limited production of gas masks will continue , with the protective gear being earmarked for use by emergency forces.
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WORLD
January 19, 2014 | By Batsheva Sobelman
JERUSALEM -- With the dismantling of Syria's chemical weapons underway, Israel will halt distribution of gas masks to civilians next month, the government announced Sunday. The decision came following an assessment by Israel's defense establishment that there has been a “significant decline in the threat of chemical weapons being fired at Israel,” a government statement said According to the statement, limited production of gas masks will continue , with the protective gear being earmarked for use by emergency forces.
WORLD
October 30, 2013 | By Nabih Bulos
ANTAKYA, Turkey - Two scruffy men with beards lean over assorted piles of military-style trousers, jackets and vests, all in different camouflage patterns. The pair examine a thick winter jacket, stroking the material as a salesman offers a discount for bulk orders. "We might take 40 pieces," one of the men murmurs in Arabic, as the two turn their attention to other wares. Near the Old Station district of this southern Turkish city lies the Aleppo Market, an animated jumble of pomegranate juice stalls, kebab stands and shops offering goods such as furniture and spices.
WORLD
August 27, 2012 | By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times
JERUSALEM - With his wife expecting their third child next month, Ram Gilboa, a sports commentator who lives just outside Tel Aviv, recently found himself jotting down a list of baby supplies that friends and family could buy: a crib, diapers ... gas mask. "That's not normal," Gilboa, 32, recalled with a nervous laugh. "When you're making a list of gifts for a baby, gas mask is not supposed to be on it. " With speculation lingering over a possible war with Iran, even battle-hardened Israelis - who insist they've seen and survived it all - are starting to make contingency plans.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 12, 2001
Re "Real Men Should Start to Worry About Germ Warfare," Commentary, Oct. 10: If I were one of these terrorists and I had read Arianna Huffington's commentary about a bunch of Hollywood women presiding over a dinner party in which the subject was gas masks and Cipro, I would be swooning in the ecstasy that the notion of victory brings. But if I thought the so-so silent guys of America, the dudes, were, each one of them, willing to die, to give their lives so these women could go on having these ridiculous conversations rather than letting them get carted off to some old football stadium and shot in the neck for clucking like hens, then I would take notice.
WORLD
August 27, 2013 | By Barbara Demick
BEIJING -- North Korea tried to export gas masks to Syria this spring, presumably for use in the Middle East nation's chemical weapons program, but the shipment was intercepted by Turkey along with arms and ammunition, a Japanese newspaper reported Tuesday. The Libya-flagged ship El Entisar (“Victory”) was stopped April 3 by Turkish authorities as it passed through the Dardanelles, the Sankei Shimbun reported. Acting on the tip from the United States, authorities searched the ship and seized 1,400 rifles and pistols and about 30,000 rounds of ammunition as well as the gas masks.
WORLD
August 28, 2013 | By Edmund Sanders
JERUSALEM -- As panicked Israelis broke into fistfights at one gas mask distribution center, Israel Defense Forces on Wednesday deployed extra missile-interception systems to the north and approved a limited mobilization of reservists. The country is bracing for the blowback of a possible U.S. airstrike against Syria over the Syrian military's alleged use of chemical weapons. Damascus has threatened to retaliate against Israel if the Americans attack. But Israeli officials said they continue to believe that the chances of a strike by Syrian President Bashar Assad or his allies remain low. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged citizens to remain calm, saying the military is prepared to respond to any threat.
NEWS
August 18, 1990 | Reuters
Israel's chief rabbi has asked religious Jews to carry scissors so they can remove their beards to accommodate gas masks if Iraq threatens Israel with chemical weapons. Rabbi Mordechai Eliahu ruled that Orthodox Jews need not follow a biblical ban on shaving beards--if their lives are in danger. Under Jewish law, saving a life takes precedence over all other requirements. Some religious scholars believe the Bible meant for beards to distinguish Jews from non-Jews.
NEWS
January 18, 1991 | Reuters
Three women and a 3-year-old Arab girl apparently suffocated in their gas masks today during an Iraqi missile strike, Israel Radio said. Air raid sirens alerted the country's 4.7 million Israelis to don gas masks for fear of a chemical weapons strike and seek protection in rooms sealed against poison gases. The girl apparently suffocated because a plastic seal over the air-intake valve was not removed, said Khalid Dzuki, deputy secretary of her hometown, Taibe.
WORLD
August 28, 2013 | By Edmund Sanders
JERUSALEM -- As panicked Israelis broke into fistfights at one gas mask distribution center, Israel Defense Forces on Wednesday deployed extra missile-interception systems to the north and approved a limited mobilization of reservists. The country is bracing for the blowback of a possible U.S. airstrike against Syria over the Syrian military's alleged use of chemical weapons. Damascus has threatened to retaliate against Israel if the Americans attack. But Israeli officials said they continue to believe that the chances of a strike by Syrian President Bashar Assad or his allies remain low. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged citizens to remain calm, saying the military is prepared to respond to any threat.
WORLD
August 27, 2013 | By Barbara Demick
BEIJING -- North Korea tried to export gas masks to Syria this spring, presumably for use in the Middle East nation's chemical weapons program, but the shipment was intercepted by Turkey along with arms and ammunition, a Japanese newspaper reported Tuesday. The Libya-flagged ship El Entisar (“Victory”) was stopped April 3 by Turkish authorities as it passed through the Dardanelles, the Sankei Shimbun reported. Acting on the tip from the United States, authorities searched the ship and seized 1,400 rifles and pistols and about 30,000 rounds of ammunition as well as the gas masks.
WORLD
June 11, 2013 | By Glen Johnson
ISTANBUL, Turkey -- Turkish police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse protesters adorned in gas masks and slinging Molotov cocktails in central Taksim Square early Tuesday. The clashes marked the first major violence in the iconic square since scores of anti-government protesters occupied it more than a week ago. Early-morning commuters scurried into cafes on the fringes of the square -- where they were offered lemon cubes to mitigate the effects of the tear gas -- as hundreds of police officers backed by armored vehicles moved past barricades and into the area.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 1, 2012 | By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO — California's policy barring beards on prison guards has come under scrutiny by the U.S. Justice Department after a discrimination lawsuit by a Sikh man who said he was denied a job because of his facial hair, which is part of his religious practice. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation settled the lawsuit last year by paying $295,000 to the plaintiff, Trilochan Oberoi, and giving him a $61,000-a-year administrative job. He had been told he would have to shave to be considered for a prison guard job. But the state has maintained its no-beard policy, citing safety issues.
WORLD
August 27, 2012 | By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times
JERUSALEM - With his wife expecting their third child next month, Ram Gilboa, a sports commentator who lives just outside Tel Aviv, recently found himself jotting down a list of baby supplies that friends and family could buy: a crib, diapers ... gas mask. "That's not normal," Gilboa, 32, recalled with a nervous laugh. "When you're making a list of gifts for a baby, gas mask is not supposed to be on it. " With speculation lingering over a possible war with Iran, even battle-hardened Israelis - who insist they've seen and survived it all - are starting to make contingency plans.
NATIONAL
July 20, 2012 | By Rong-Gong Lin II
A lone 24-year-old masked gunman entered a Colorado movie theater playing the new Batman movie and opened fire early Friday, killing at least 12 people and wounding 50, according to police and local media. The suspect, a white male, was found in the parking lot and did not resist arrest, CNN said.  Witnesses described a chaotic scene, telling television reporters that they were overcome by noxious gas unleashed by the suspect just before he started shooting, and that they had to decide between staying on the ground, helping wounded victims or running away before the gunman was able to reload his weapon.
NEWS
January 18, 1991 | Reuters
Far from the Persian Gulf and the threat of chemical weapons, demand for gas masks is booming, a local merchant said Thursday. "We're out of stock," said Nana Goldberg of the Original I. Goldberg Army & Navy Store in downtown Philadelphia. Goldberg said demand for the masks had been strong since Iraq's Aug. 2 invasion of Kuwait and accelerated with the passing of Tuesday's deadline for Iraqi withdrawal.
NEWS
August 6, 1990 | Associated Press
The army is stepping up its distribution of gas masks to civilians in the wake of Iraq's invasion of Kuwait, Israeli media reported Sunday. An army spokesman confirmed that soldiers have been distributing protective equipment against a possible chemical weapons attack but denied that the move is linked to the invasion. In April, Iraqi President Saddam Hussein threatened to "scorch half of Israel with poison gas" if his country were attacked.
BUSINESS
March 18, 2011 | By Alana Semuels, Los Angeles Times
The people want gas masks. Also flashlights, batteries, iodine tablets and machetes. And Ovi Lalo is their reluctant supplier. Lalo has run California Surplus Mart in Hollywood for 34 years, and he said he always sees a bump in customers right after earthquakes and other natural disasters. But this time, he said, customers seem more ravenous for supplies than usual. The devastating quake and tsunami in Japan have many Californians thinking they had better prepare for the Big One here, and the threat of radiation wafting across the Pacific has only heightened anxieties.
SPORTS
July 31, 2004 | Alan Abrahamson, Times Staff Writer
As part of their "welcome to Athens" processing by U.S. officials, American athletes are receiving their Team USA uniforms, official Olympic credentials and -- in a reflection of the unsettled security climate here -- a demonstration of how to use an emergency breathing device. "When they pull out a mask, you're like, 'A mask?' What do you need a mask for?" said Lisa Fernandez, the 33-year-old softball star from Long Beach, who checked in Friday as the Olympic village opened.
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