Israel Sends Rescue Team to Ghana

November 8, 2012  

The IDF’s Home Front Command sent a rescue team Thursday morning to Accra, Ghana following the collapse of a department store.

Dozens of people are believed to be trapped under the rubble of the building, officials said.

The aircraft departed from the Nevatim air force base in the Negev, led by National Rescue Division Commander General Ramtine Sabti.

Included among the members of the team are physicians and other rescue personnel with technical experience in disaster relief.

Home Front Command has previously assisted in numerous overseas search and rescue efforts.

Israel was one of the first on the scene after natural disasters in Japan following the massive earthquake and tsunami in March 2011 that sent three out of six of the Fukushima nuclear reactors into meltdown.

In Haiti, the IDF and the ISRAID organization set up a field hospital after a January 2010 earthquake devastated the nation’s capital of Port-au-Prince. The IDF sent teams immediately following the temblor, who began helping with search and rescue efforts on the island.

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