Israeli Army chief Dan Shomron told Israelis Monday to brace for more Iraqi missile attacks, deflating hopes that the U.S.-led forces in the Persian Gulf would swiftly wipe out the threat.

After 48 hours without a missile strike, Israel allowed citizens in most parts of the country to leave their homes, but it ordered them to carry their army-issued gas masks in case of poison gas attacks. All schools remained closed."We will have to live with this threat an additional period," Shomron told Israel Television.