Isramail - Aid Missions from Israel

As most of you know, a few days ago, the country of the Philippines was struck by a terrible typhoon. What does that have to do with Israel?! 

A few hours ago, a 148-member group comprising national search-and-rescue unit officials and senior doctors in the Israeli defense forces medical corps landed in the Philippines. The group will be tasked with rapidly setting up a “multi-department medical facility” to provide medical care for casualties of the disaster in Tacloban.

A short video of their arrival today:

Over the last 26 years, Israel has sent out 15 aid missions to countries struck by natural disasters. Overall, medical care was given to more than 2,300 people in afflicted areas, and 220 were saved from certain death.

Sadly, by tragic circumstance, Israel is a world leader in handling mass casualties. No other country can dispatch search and rescue teams and field hospitals as fast and effectively as Israel.

More examples:

  • Israel's 200-strong relief team was the first on the scene in January 2010 after an earthquake hit Haiti. Israel helped save thousands of lives.
  • In March 2011, following the devastating earthquakes in Japan, Israel was one of the first countries to send aid according to the needs and request of the Japanese government, and one of the first states to send a medical team and set up a field clinic.

  • Israel sent aid relief to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

  • First response aid in the wake of the 2004 tsunami with 60 tons of international aid to Indonesia and 82 tons of relief to Sri Lanka alone.
  • After the 2005 earthquake in Kashmir, the Israeli Flying Aid group sent a mission to give supplies and shelter for thousands of families.