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Israel Held Anthrax Tests (Vaccine)


Israel said it subjected soldiers to a secret, large-scale anthrax vaccine experiment.

The Defense Ministry made the announcement Monday following a television expose alleging that some of around 800 soldiers who took part in government anthrax-related tests since 1999 have developed diseases, and often been neglected by the state.

"The experiment was carried out in the context of preparing to protect the State of Israel's populace from a strategic threat," read a Defense Ministry statement, adding that the procedure had been approved by medical experts and that all participants were fully informed volunteers.