Israel Tests Dirty Bombs to Study Effects of Hypothetical Attack

© AFP 2022 / JACK GUEZA picture taken on March 8, 2014 show a partial view of the Dimona nuclear power plant in the southern Israeli Negev desert
A picture taken on March 8, 2014 show a partial view of the Dimona nuclear power plant in the southern Israeli Negev desert - Sputnik International
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Israel has tested dozens of dirty bombs to measure the effects of a hypothetical attack on its population and the environment, Haaretz newspaper reported in an exclusive piece on Monday.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) At least 20 dirty bombs were detonated as part of the so-called "Green Field" project that began in 2010 at the Dimona nuclear reactor in the southern Negev desert, the daily said. The project concluded last year and its findings are reportedly available on nuclear science databases and have been presented at various scientific gatherings.

The newspaper cited Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon's warning, in 2013, that Iran is capable of procuring a bomb that combines conventional explosives with radiological material.

A dirty bomb is not considered to be a nuclear weapon or a weapon of mass destruction.

A project dubbed "Red House" also tested the potential of an unexploded dirty bomb, left in a public setting such as a shopping mall, to emit radiological material.

Haaretz cited sources at the nuclear facility as saying that such dispersal of radiological material posed little danger "beyond the psychological effect."

Israel is not a signatory to the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons Treaty (NPT), to which 191 countries have signed up, entering into force in 1970. The NPT aims to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons while promoting the use of civilian nuclear technology.

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