Israeli defence officials say the military is conducting its largest snap drill in years. The exercise comes against the backdrop of tensions with Iran and the civil war in Syria.
A military spokesman says Wednesday's drill under way in northern and central Israel is a planned, routine event.
But other officials say the exercise is unique in terms of number of soldiers and senior officers involved. Part of the exercise is in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights next to Syria.
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Wednesday's drill comes only a week after the IDF held an even larger, multi-day maneuver, in the adjoining Galilee region facing the Lebanese border.
Regarding live fire being used
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