IDF sends assessment team to typhoon-struck Philippines

Published on Monday, 11 November 2013 by Webmaster

IDF sends assessment team to typhoon-struck Philippines
The IDF on Sunday sent a preliminary assessment team of five officers, “experts in the fields of search, rescue, and medicine,” to disaster-struck Philippines where a typhoon is believed to have killed as many as 10,000 people since it hit Friday.

The team, under the Home Front Command, set out "in order to closely form a situation assessment and infrastructure evaluation that would determine the best rapid response the IDF could offer to the Government of the Philippines," the military said in a statement.

Israel's emergency medical, ambulance, disaster and blood bank service, Magen David Adom (MDA) was reportedly considering sending a team to assist the International Red Cross working in the Philippines.

Israeli aid delegationIsraAID said Saturday that it will also send a team this week to assist local NGOs and UN agencies in treating hundreds of thousands of people affected by a powerful typhoon.

The IsraAID team, supported by the AJC and Jewish communities in North America, will be comprised of medical, trauma and relief professionals.

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