Israeli Aid for Papua-New Guinea

(Communicated by the Foreign Ministry Spokesman)
19 November 1998

The Foreign Ministry today (Thursday) 19.11.98, announces that Israel will provide humanitarian medical aid for the victims of the tsunami that hit the north coast of Papua-New Guinea, in the Airape province, several months ago.

Several Israeli companies have supplied equipment and medicines, including: Teva, Teldar, Elbit and ECI. The Geographical Society organized the contributions under the aegis of the Honorary Consul for New Guinea in Israel, Mr. Daniel Lew.

Official records indicate that approximately 3,000 people were killed and some 9,200 were treated at a number of locations. Several hundred people have been undergoing long-term treatment for serious injuries which they sustained.