Many Residents of Greater Tel Aviv area and other parts of central Israel complain of a harsh chlorine-like substance that could be felt in the air. Following the outpour of complaints the Environmental Protection Ministry launched a series of urgent tests and later announced that the odor poses no danger to the public, but stressed that it continues efforts to find what triggered the smell,which Many people described as similar to the smell of chlorine. Initially, the Home Front Command believed the source of the smell could be gas drilling near Nitzanim in southern Israel. However, the claims were proven wrong. No special instructions were given to the residents, as the Ministry of the Environment stated that no dangerous substances were detected.
Residents who attempted to call the Tel Aviv Municipality to complain received an automated message according to which professionals were
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