Israel Sending Aid to Myanmar

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CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - The Israeli Foreign Ministry is sending an initial $100,000 of medicine and medical equipment for victims of the Myanmar cyclone, with more help on the way.

Working with the Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and other Israeli aid organizations, the Foreign Ministry's first shipment will be followed by more aid.

IsraAid is sending a 10-member team of medical personnel, carrying much-needed supplies, including water filters, food, household appliances, and plastic sheeting.

"We believe we need to go into the field and help the people," IsraAid Shachar Zahavi said. "We cannot just send supplies, as the price of transporting supplies is very costly," he said.

FIRST (Fast Israeli Rescue and Search Team) is sending a 12-member team of medical and rescue professionals to Myanmar, while Latet is sending two professionals to assess the situation to prioritize what's needed.

Speaking with YNet news, Eran Weintrau, general manager of Latet, said that Myanmar officials' reversed their initial rejection of foreign aid when they realized the magnitude of the situation their country is facing.

"Even though the poverty here is great and the distress is great, the fact that on the eve of the State of Israel's 60th Independence Day of all times, we Israelis have the ability to offer help fills me with a sense of pride," Weintrau said.

World Jewish Relief, headquartered in London, launched an emergency fundraiser Tuesday for Myanmar's victims.

"The terrifying cyclone has left a trail of disaster in its wake and the scale of need is overwhelming," WJR head Paul Anticoni said. "WJR is proud to be in a position to call on the Jewish community to help us support the survivors of this catastrophe," he said.

Source: YNet news, The Jerusalem Post

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