Israel's home front is ill-prepared for another war, with not enough new or renovated bomb shelters.
Raanan Dinur, director general of the Prime Minister's Office, said last week that about $1 billion was needed for construction of new civilian bomb shelters and renovation of older ones, but even with the money the tasks wouldn't be completed by the end of 2008.
Haaretz newspaper said officials estimate 1,000 renovated public shelters were due for completion by the end of August in the north of the country. At present, between 70 percent and 80 percent of Israel's population in the central region can be accommodated in shelters. The situation in the south was said to be worse.
The Home Front Command and Interior Ministry are scouring public areas such as parking garages that could be converted into bomb shelters, the report said.
Israel and Lebanon's Hezbollah fought a brief war last year in which the north was repeatedly struck by short-range rockets, sending civilians underground for safety.
Tensions over another possible conflict with Hezbollah, or even Syria, remain constant.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 16 Temmuz 2007, 21:55