(Communicated by the IDF Spokesman)

A joint Israeli and Greek humanitarian aid exercise, simulating earthquake incidents, began today (1 November 2005.) Israel Navy forces, search and rescue teams, and additional Home Front Command forces, which are now in Greece, will be participating in this exercise.

Military observers from Egypt, Jordan, Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia attended the drill south of the island of Crete.

The exercise aims to strengthen the cooperation between the two countries and practice the immediate dispatch of forces in any crisis, disaster, or need for humanitarian aid and rescue. It is part of the IDF’s policy of offering aid regardless of limits and borders.

The exercise will be held over the course of several days and will take place in the Mediterranean Sea and in Greece.