June 8, 2012
Israel builds huge underground hospital for protection against attacks
The Rambam Medical Center in Haifa has unveiled the world’s largest fortified hospital, intended to protect more than 2000 patients from missile and rocket attacks. Construction of the Sammy Ofer Northern Regional Underground Emergency Hospital was spurred by missile attacks by Hezbollah and Hamas, particularly during the Second Lebanon War in 2006.
The patients will be housed dozens of meters below ground and will also be protected from chemical and biological weapons. During peaceful times, the underground structure will be used as a parking facility for up to 1,400 vehicles, the Times of Israel reported.