Report: Nuclear bunker built for Olmert's residence 2007-12-20 18:53:16   Print

    JERUSALEM, Dec. 20 (Xinhua) -- A bunker is being built at Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's residence in order to withstand a nuclear or chemical attack, local media reported Thursday.

    Olmert's official residence in Jerusalem is under the construction of thickening walls, digging, and installing air purification equipment capable of countering chemical agents, according to local daily Yedioth Ahronoth.

    However, the prime minister's office immediately issued a statement denying the report as "unfounded and misleading."

    "No atomic bunker is being constructed at the prime minister's official residence, or a bunker equipped with special filters or any special equipment," the statement said.

    The statement explained that workers are merely adding a "safe room," a room with thick concrete walls and metal-shuttered windows that is a feature of many Israeli buildings. Israeli construction codes require such rooms to protect residents in case of rocket attacks.

    Yedioth Ahronoth reported that a renovation work had also been done for the bunker underneath Olmert's office, where cabinet ministers are supposed to convene in case of an attack on Israel's government center in Jerusalem.

    Moreover, a giant nuclear bunker is being built in the hills several kilometers outside Jerusalem as part of the protection from a non-conventional attack for Israeli military's headquarters and top government officials.

    Work on the bunker began several years ago and is expected to end in 2011, the report said.

    Israel has been greatly concerned over the nuclear threat of Iran, which insists that it is pursuing a nuclear program for civilian purposes.

    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said Israel should be "wiped off the map."

Editor: Song Shutao
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