Israeli rescue teams depart for Haiti

Wednesday, January 13, 2010 |  Israel Today Staff

Israel on Wednesday dispatched a large delegation of rescue workers to the Republic of Haiti to aid in the aftermath of the massive 7.0 earthquake that rocked the Caribbean nation a day earlier.

Thousands are believed to have died in the earthquake, and many buildings were destroyed, possibly trapping hundreds of live victims.

The Israeli team includes many engineers, medical workers and rescue experts from the IDF Home Front Command who have experience saving victims from toppled buildings.

Most notably, the Home Front Command Search and Rescue team played a major role in the aftermath of the 1999 earthquake that devastated western Turkey. The Israeli team managed to save 12 people from the rubble and the Israeli field hospital treated thousands of people.

In 1998, the same team was dispatched to Nairobi, Kenya after a terrorist bomb leveled the US embassy there. The team found and saved three victims from the ruined building.

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