Israel to the Rescue

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Israel to set up medical facility in the Philippines

+ An advanced multi-department medical facility, equipped with approximately
100 tons of humanitarian and medical supplies from Israel, will be rapidly
established in the city of Tacloban to provide medical care for disaster
casualties.

+ President Peres: "We hope that the aid provided by the State of Israel
will help ease the suffering of the people of the Philippines."
MFA – 13 November 2013

An Israeli delegation of experts in the fields of search, rescue and
medicine left on Sunday night (10 November) for the Philippines, which was
struck by a natural disaster earlier today. The rescuers are part of the IDF’s
Home Front Command.

A six-member advance team – four people from the IDF Home Front Command and
two from the Foreign Ministry – will evaluate what is needed on the ground
before Israel sends a larger mission.

The team landed in Manila at 20:00 local time and will depart for Tacloban,
where they will  perform a thorough situation assessment, including an
infrastructure evaluation, that will determine the best rapid response
Israel can provide to the government and people of the Philippines.

A 147 member delegation is set to leave for the Philippines on Wednesday,
November 13, 2013, in order to provide search, rescue, and medical services
in the Typhoon-struck city of Tacloban, capital of Leyte Province.

An advanced multi-department medical facility, equipped with approximately
100 tons of humanitarian and medical supplies from Israel, will be rapidly
established in the city of Tacloban to provide medical care for disaster
casualties. The facility will be constructed of a children’s department, an
obstetrics department, an ambulatory care department, and a general
admission department, operated by IDF doctors, nurses, paramedics,
pharmacists, mental health professionals, x-ray technician, and lab workers.

The delegation comprises members of the National Search and Rescue Unit of
the Home Front Command headed by the unit commander, Colonel Ramtin Sabti,
as well as senior doctors in the IDF Medical Corps, headed by the Vice
Surgeon General of the IDF Medical Corps, Colonel Doctor Dudu Dagan.

President Shimon Peres wrote to Philippine President Benigno Aquino:

"Your Excellency,
In my name and on behalf of the people of Israel, I wish to extend out
deepest condolences to the people of the Philippines affected by the
shocking devastation in the trail of Typhoon Haiyan. Our hearts go out to
the families who have lost their loved ones in this terrible natural
disaster, and our prayers are with you and your people in this time of
mourning and hardship.
We are following with much concern the horrifying effects of the storm and
hope that the aid provided by the State of Israel will help ease the
suffering of the people of the Philippines.
From Jerusalem, we wish you strength and fortitude."

Prime Minister Netanyahu also sent a letter to President Aquino:

"On behalf of the government and people of Israel, I extend heartfeldt
condolences to the families of those who lost their lives as a result of the
horrific typhoon, and I send best wishes for a speedy recovery to those who
were injured.
I hope that Israel’s assistance will help alleviate the suffering of those
affected by this terrible disaster.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the Filipino people at this
difficult time."

Israel has frequently offered aid in the wake of disasters overseas, such as
the earthquake in Haiti in January 2010 and an earthquake in Turkey in 2011.

The IsraAID humanitarian organization also sent a team of seven medical
professionals to Tacloban City in the storm-ravaged Philippines to provide
critical health interventions in the affected region. IsraAID, too, will
continue to assess needs in the field and offer aid accordingly, including
trauma professionals and child protection specialists.
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