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“Providing medical assistance under emergency conditions where there are few resources and no order or protocol is far different than the ordered medical facilities where most doctors learn to treat people. Israelis are very good at this kind of medicine, and they have successfully used their skills both on the battlefield locally and in emergencies such as earthquakes and floods, where they have set up effective and successful field care operations. Not all countries can do that. Israelis have the knowledge and experience in this area. Over the past several decades, many more countries have learned how to deal with the issues that Israel was one of the pioneers in dealing with. It’s all about basic surgical and field medical skills, areas that Israeli has had a lot of experience in dealing with.”

- Dr. Harald Veen, Chief Surgeon of the International Committee of the Red Cross

Humanitarian Operations Around the World

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An overview of Israeli humanitarian operations throughout the world, including assistance to Mexico, Armenia, Argentina, Rwanda, Kyrgyzstan and Turkey when each of those countries were in need of help.

Nepal Earthquake (2015)

Balkans Floods (2014)

IDF in Bosnia & Serbia A magnuitude 8.1 earthquake struck Nepal on April 25, 2015. In the days following Israel sent doctors, humanitarian supplies, medical supplies, and disaster relief experts to the affected areas. IDF in Bosnia & Serbia After exterme flooding hit Serbia and Bosnia in May 2014, leaving two dozen people dead and thousands homeless, Israel sent humanitarian relief aid in the form of medicine, food, blankets and rain gear.

Gaza Strip (2010-Present)

Philippines Typhoons (2013 & 2009)

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Though ruled by Hamas, a terror organization committed to Israel's destruction, Israel delivers humanitarian aid, food, medical supplies and building materials to Gaza residents on a daily basis.

IDF in Haiti

Typhoons in the Philippines have claimed thousands of lives. In 2009 and 2013, Israel dispatched humanitarian aid, search & rescue squads and medical teams to aid in both relief operations.

Turkey Earthquake (2011)

Japan Tsunami (2011)

IDF in Turkey

An October 2011 earthquake in Turkey killed at least 400 people and left thousands homeless. Israel sent mobile homes & medical equipment for survivors at the request of the Turkish government.

When a March 2011 earthquake & tsunami devastated Japan, Israel sent aid including a delegation of medical personnel & equipment. They also opened an advanced medical clinic for surgery.

Haiti Earthquake (2010)

Burkina Faso Floods (2009)

IDF in Haiti

Following an earthquake that nearly destroyed Haiti's capital, Israel sent multiple medical & rescue teams to assist in operations. The IDF also established the first field hospital in Port-au-Prince.

IDF in Turkey

In the wake of massive flooding that left hundreds of thousands homeless, Israel sent shipments of tents, blankets, medicines and baby food. These efforts were coordinated by MASHAV.

Hurrican Katrina (2005)

Kosovo War Refugees (1999)

Katrina

Israel took an active role in supporting the victims of Hurrican Katrina, a devastating storm that caused major flooding and destroyed many cities and towns in the southeastern United States.

IDF medical mission established a field hospital and an emergency room to assist Albanian refugees fleeing from war-torn Kosovo into Macedonia. Emergency supplies were also sent by Israel to help refugees.

Central America Floods (1998)

Kenya Terrorism (1998)

Israel dispatched a team of Spanish-speaking doctors and nurses to Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Guatemala in the aftermath of severe flooding in those areas caused by Hurricane Mitch.

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Nearly 200 members of the elite Israeli search & rescue unit were the first international team to arrive on the scene of the US embassy bombing in Nairobi. The mission succeeded in saving numerous lives.

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