Israeli organization dispatches volunteers to assist rescue efforts in Japan earthquake

10:12, March 14, 2011      

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An Israeli team comprised of civilians left for Japan early Sunday to assist in the search and rescue efforts of victims of the earthquake that shattered the island nation on Friday.

The team was dispatched by IsraAID, a body that coordinates several dozen Israeli and Jewish humanitarian non-governmental organizations, The Jerusalem Post reported.

Its members, some of whom specialized in emergency relief operations during their service in the Israeli army's Home Front Command, will attempt to reach Japan via South Korea.

The Israelis will assist local teams in identifying earthquake victims and in providing water sanitation systems, the report said.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday directed a senior official of the National Security Council to contact the Japanese ambassador to Israel and offer him "any assistance" his country requires.

Meanwhile, Israel's Foreign Ministry made frantic efforts over the weekend to make contact with Israelis traveling or living in Japan. On Sunday, six Israelis - five of them businessmen - were still listed as missing.

Source: Xinhua
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