Israeli Aid to Earthquake Victims in India – January 2001

An Israeli aid mission, numbering about 150 personnel, departed on January 29 in five Israeli Air Force aircraft to the area of the recent earthquake in western India. Following an Indian request, Israel dispatched an entire field hospital, including a team of doctors, medical staff, and medical equipment. A Foreign Ministry team, led by Mr. Moti Amihai, Director of the South East Asia Division, accompanied the delegation.

The IDF medical relief team opened a field hospital in the town of Bhuj, in the Indian state of Gujarat, which is the region most affected by the earthquake.

The Israeli delegation returned to Israel on February 12 after two weeks in the earthquake area. At the field hospital in the city of Bhuj, they treated 1,211 casualties and assisted in 12 births. Members of the delegation also helped in the search and rescue in the field. Prior to their departure, the India Airforce Commander and the Mayor of Bhuj thanked the delegation for its contribution in the saving of lives and treatment of the wounded in the earthquake.

 Israeli Aid to Earthquake Victims in India-January 2001
Photo: IDF Spokesman 

 Israeli Aid to Earthquake Victims in India-January 2001

 
   LOADING CARGO 
 
Israel Air Force cargo plane is loaded at Ben-Gurion Airport.

 
   FIELD HOSPITAL
 
 Israeli Aid to Earthquake Victims in India-January 2001
Photo: IDF Spokesman 

 Israeli Aid to Earthquake Victims in India-January 2001
 
Entrance to the field hospital in Bhuj

 
 Israeli Aid to Earthquake Victims in India-January 2001
Photo: IDF Spokesman 

 Israeli Aid to Earthquake Victims in India-January 2001
 
   MEDICAL AID
 
An Israeli officer giving a local child a drink of water supplied by the delegation.

 
   BIRTH
 
 Israeli Aid to Earthquake Victims in India-January 2001
Photo: IDF Spokesman 

 Israeli Aid to Earthquake Victims in India-January 2001
 
The first birth at the delegation’s field hospital: the medical crew fighting for the life of the infant, born prematurely, weighing less than a kilogram

 
 Israeli Aid to Earthquake Victims in India-January 2001
Photo: IDF Spokesman 

 Israeli Aid to Earthquake Victims in India-January 2001
 
   MEDICAL AID 
 
A paramedic from the delegation returning a baby who recieved medical treatment to her father

 
   MEDICAL AID
 
 Israeli Aid to Earthquake Victims in India-January 2001
Photo: IDF Spokesman 

 Israeli Aid to Earthquake Victims in India-January 2001
 
A doctor from the delegation treating a local woman who was wounded in the leg

 
 Israeli Aid to Earthquake Victims in India-January 2001
Photo: IDF Spokesman 

 Israeli Aid to Earthquake Victims in India-January 2001
 
   MEDICAL AID
 
An Indian baby receiving treatment from the IDF medical team

 
   SURGERY
 
 Israeli Aid to Earthquake Victims in India-January 2001
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 Israeli Aid to Earthquake Victims in India-January 2001
 
First surgery in the field hospital of the IDF delegation to save the life of an Indian boy wounded in the earthquake.

 
 Israeli Aid to Earthquake Victims in India-January 2001
Photo: IDF Spokesman 

 Israeli Aid to Earthquake Victims in India-January 2001
 
   MEDICAL AID
 
A doctor from the Israeli delegation treating an Indian baby in the field hospital

 
   ISRAEL-INDIA
 
 Israeli Aid to Earthquake Victims in India-January 2001
Photo: IDF Spokesman 

 Israeli Aid to Earthquake Victims in India-January 2001
 
The Indian Minister of Interior Affairs personally thanked the head of the IDF delegation for the vital work of saving human lives.

 
 Israeli Aid to Earthquake Victims in India-January 2001
Photo: IDF Spokesman 

 Israeli Aid to Earthquake Victims in India-January 2001
 
   MEDICAL AID 
 
An Indian grandmother holding a baby. In the background, the baby’s brother who was operated on by doctors of the Israeli delegation. The children lost both their parents in the earthquake.
 
   LEAVING INDIA
 
 Israeli Aid to Earthquake Victims in India-January 2001
Photo: IDF Spokesman 

 Israeli Aid to Earthquake Victims in India-January 2001
 
Dr. Shemtempo receives two premature babies from the Israeli hospital in Bhuj. The babies will remain under the responsibility of Dr. Shemtempo and the many volunteers who assist her until they are out of medical danger and are transferred to their families.

 
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