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IDF Rescue Teams Arrive in Haiti

Samara Greenberg

On Friday, a team of IDF medical and rescue personnel arrived in Haiti and set up a field hospital in the capital of Port-Au-Prince. In addition to treating patients inside the makeshift hospital, the IDF is using canines to locate and rescue survivors trapped inside crumbled buildings. To follow the IDF’s work in Haiti, click here.

The IDF team plans to spend two weeks in the Caribbean state, treating an average of 500 patients a day. The delegation consists of 121 members, including 40 doctors and five search and rescue teams. According to Brig.-Gen. Shalom Ben-Aryeh, commander of the delegation, there is still hope in finding survivors. “We have experience [from work in India in 2002] that after several days it is still possible to rescue people.”

On Sunday, amid the tragedy and destruction, Israeli doctors delivered a healthy baby boy inside their field hospital. The mother named her son Israel.