An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man walks out with his children after collecting gas mask kits in Jerusalem in this August 28, 2013 file photo. REUTERS/Amir Cohen/File
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Israel decided on Sunday to end a decades-old policy of issuing gas masks to the public in an apparent sign of confidence in Syria's chemical weapons disarmament.Since being hit by Iraqi Scud missiles during the 1991 Gulf War, authorities have handed out masks, though Syria's chemical arsenal was Israel's primary concern in recent years.As recently as last August, thousands of Israelis lined up for gas masks, spurred on by fears that a U.S.-strike against Assad's forces would bring reprisals against Israel.
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