Israel, PA Sending Medical Team to Quake-Affected Areas

Rescuers and their guide dogs search for victims buried in a landslide due to the recent earthquakes in the village of Minami-Aso, Japan's Kumamoto prefecture, on April 18, 2016

The Times of Israel reports: Israeli and Palestinian rescue teams were to set out for Ecuador and southern Japan on Monday, after deadly earthquakes rocked both countries.

A Palestinian medical team is to leave Monday from the West Bank to Ecuador to help the victims of a powerful earthquake that killed more than 200 people in the South American country, the Palestinian Authority health minister said on Sunday.

Jawad Awwad said he is acting under instructions from PA President Mahmoud Abbas to send medics and medical equipment to Ecuador, the Ma’an news agency reported.

PA Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki said 15 Palestinian medics would be dispatched on Monday, according to the report.

The IsraAID rescue group said it had some four rescue workers in Japan and seven set to depart for Ecuador Monday, depending on flight conditions. Regarding Japan, the organization’s director, Shachar Zahavi, said they “plan to bring more depending on the assignments given by local government.”

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