Israel’s top secret military intelligence unit breaks cover to tackle coronavirus

The Israeli Defense Forces said that Unit 81 is using its technological expertise to develop a breakthrough in the fight against COVID-19. (Twitter/@IDF)
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Updated 22 March 2020

Israel’s top secret military intelligence unit breaks cover to tackle coronavirus

  • Unit 81 is using its technology to develop a breakthrough in the fight against coronavirus
  • Israel currently has 945 cases of coronavirus infections

Israel’s top-secret military intelligence unit, charged with developing technologies to support combat operations, has now broken cover to reveal its latest developments to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.

The Israeli Defense Forces announced earlier this week that Unit 81 is “using its technological expertise to develop a breakthrough in the fight against COVID-19.”

 

Their developments include creating a “special shield and separate ventilation” to protect ambulance drivers transporting coronavirus patients, and developing advanced software to improve efficiency of lab checks for testing kits.

Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has declared a state of emergency to battle the virus. Last weekend, he sanctioned cyber tools to track potential infections. The country currently has 945 cases of coronavirus infections. 


Chlorine gas leak at plant sickens 70 in southeast Iran

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Chlorine gas leak at plant sickens 70 in southeast Iran

  • Most of the workers at the Karun petrochemical center in the city of Mahshahr in southeast Khuzestan province were released after undergoing medical treatment
  • Meanwhile, in the city of Ahvaz, also in Khuzestan, a fire at the Zergan power plant was ignited when a transformer exploded

TEHRAN, Iran: A chlorine gas leak at a petrochemical center in southeast Iran sickened 70 workers, state-run IRNA news agency reported Saturday.
Most of the workers at the Karun petrochemical center in the city of Mahshahr in southeast Khuzestan province were released after undergoing medical treatment.
Meanwhile, in the city of Ahvaz, also in Khuzestan, a fire at the Zergan power plant was ignited when a transformer exploded, IRNA reported Saturday.
The blaze was contained by firefighters after two hours of battling the blaze.
Mohammad Hafezi, the power plant’s health and safety manager, told IRNA the cause of the fire was under investigation.
The two incidents in Iran’s oil-rich Khuzestan come after a fire and explosion at a centrifuge production plant above Iran’s underground Natanz nuclear enrichment facility early Thursday.
Officials said the cause of the fire at Natanz is known to officials, but won’t be immediately released for “security reasons.”
On Tuesday, an explosion from a gas leak in a medical clinic in northern Tehran killed 19 people.