The IDF Sends Humanitarian Aid Delegation to Colombia
12 December 2010 , 14:38
The IDF Sends Humanitarian Aid Delegation to Colombia
''The IDF instructed the Home Front Command to send a humanitarian aid delegation to the Colombian flood victims. We are to land in Colombia, distribute the aid equipment and return only once our mission is complete.Commander of Home Front Command's National Search and Rescue Unit, Brig. Gen. (res.) Shalom Ben-Arye''. Photo: IDF Spokesperson
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The IDF and the Israel Ministry of Defense sent a humanitarian aid delegation to provide medical care and services to victims of floods and mudslides in Colombia

IDF Website

On Sunday (Dec. 12), the IDF and the Israel Ministry of Defense sent a humanitarian aid delegation to provide medical care and services to victims of the intense floods and mudslides having recently struck Colombia. As of Saturday (Dec. 11), it was estimated that as many as 50 houses were buried in the mudslide and as many as 40 people trapped inside.

The delegation includes seven officers from the Home Front Command and carries approximately 50 tons of equipment including 20 tons of dry food, five thousand medical kits, two thousand blankets, one thousand ponchos, one thousand mattresses and one hundred tents.

According to Commander of Home Front Command's National Search and Rescue Unit, Brig. Gen. (res.) Shalom Ben-Arye, "The IDF instructed the Home Front Command to send a humanitarian aid delegation to the Colombian flood victims. We are to land in Colombia, distribute the aid equipment and return only once our mission is complete."

Deputy General Manager of the Ministry of Defense, Mr. Bezalel Treiber said, "Over the past two days we’ve rapidly assembled necessities of approximately 50 tons of equipment. The delegation will now set out for Colombia. I wish to thank the delegation staff, the Home Front Command and the Ministry of Defense and wish them luck on their mission."

The last big IDF aid mission was sent to Haiti when a magnitude 7.0 earthquake on the Richter scale struck the country in early 2010. Israel was among the first to offer assistance and the first country to establish a field hospital with operating and delivery rooms. Altogether, as many as 1,200 patients were treated by 220 personnel members.

To learn more about IDF humanitarian aid abroad,click here.