|Israel Dispatches Aid to India|
(Communicated by the Foreign Ministry Spokesperson)
An Israeli aid mission, numbering about 150 personnel, will depart tomorrow afternoon (Jan 29) in five Israeli Air Force aircraft to the area of the recent earthquake in Western India. Following an Indian request, Israel is dispatching a entire field hospital, which includes a team of doctors, medical staff, and medical equipment. A Foreign Ministry team, led by Mr. Moti Amihai the Director of the South East Asia Division, will accompany the delegation.
Israeli President Moshe Katzav, Prime Minister Ehud Barak, and Foreign Minister Shlomo Ben-Ami have sent messages to the Government of India, expressing Israel’s condolences, and its readiness to extend all possible assistance.
The Israeli Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem and the Israeli Embassy in New Delhi are coordinating the arrival of the Israeli aid effort to the area of Bhuj, in the Indian state of Gujarat, which is the region most affected by the earthquake. The Israeli Ambassador to India, Mr. David Afek, and the Consul-General in Bombay, Mr. Dov Segev-Steinberg will receive the Israeli aid mission in the area of the disaster, and will provide the necessary local coordination for the deployment of the field hospital.