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January 14, 2010

Haiti: 2 Israelis Located, 6 Still Missing – ZAKA Team To Arrive In Few Hours

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Haiti: 2 Israelis Located, 6 Still Missing – ZAKA Team To Arrive In Few Hours

Foreign Ministry officials report that missing Israeli Bridget Pierre Amashi and her son David were located, bringing the number of Israelis still listed as missing in the Haiti earthquake to 6.

Rescue and relief teams have left Israel, including officials from the Foreign Ministry, IDF search & rescue, IDF medical personnel, MDA, Hatzolah Yosh and other agencies.

Meanwhile, a four man ZAKA International Rescue Unit delegation left Mexico City this morning on a flight for Haiti.

ZAKA, recognized by the United Nations-as a volunteer humanitarian organization, will be the first Israeli team to arrive in the disaster area and will immediately begin its assessment and work in cooperation with the local and international emergency authorities.

The Israel-based volunteers were in the region having just completed their work in the recovery operation following the helicopter crash that killed Mexican businessman Moses Saba and three family members earlier this week.

The volunteers, all of whom are trained in emergency medical response and mass casualty rescue and recovery, have gained experience in similar natural disasters such as the Katrina hurricane and the East Asia tsunami.

On completion of their assessment, a decision will be taken on sending additional volunteers, specialist recovery and medical equipment etc.

(Yechiel Spira / YWN World Headquarters – NYC)


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