Israel sends emergency aid to Ivory Coast

Thursday, September 21, 2006 |  by Staff Writer
Israel launched emergency humanitarian aid to the African country of the Ivory Coast in response to requests due to an ecological and public health crisis which was caused by spillage of toxic waste into the waters of the lagoon in the heart of its capital Abidjan.

The aid includes antibiotic medicine and medical equipment designed to treat victims of mass poisoning, estimated at tens of thousands. The foreign ministry says that the assistance reflects the close friendship between Israel and the Ivory Coast.

The current official in charge of the Israeli Embassy to Abidjan Ravit Bar, will give the aid in an official ceremony next week into the hands of the local Ministry of Health.

In the past few months Israel has also responded to similar requests from other African nations to receive assistance after disasters and crises such as aid to the Central African Republic and Ethiopia to assist due to heavy flooding, and a search and rescue team to Kenya after a building collapsed in the capital of Nairobi.

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