Israeli Policemen to Help U.N. Forces in Haiti

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JERUSALEM, Israel - A 14-member task force of Israeli policemen leaves for Haiti Saturday evening to join multinational forces working under the command of the U.N.

The deployment, which comes at the request of U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, will help the Haitian people recovering from the massive earthquake seven months ago, which killed an estimated 200,000 and left a million people homeless.

"The officers will live in field conditions, spend the nights in sleeping bags and tents and will be equipped with army rations, special uniforms and wide-ranging personal equipment that will allow them to remain there for an extended period," the police said.

On Monday, the officers participated in a special ceremony at the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City with Police Insp.-Gen. David Cohen.

"The makeup of this delegation points to the great importance we attack to this humanitarian mission," Cohen said.

"I have no doubt that this mission will provide residents in Haiti with the full professional assistance that we can provide and will serve as a source of pride for the Israel Police and Israeli citizens through its conduct," he said.

Last February, 100 Israeli police officers traveled to Haiti to help people  cope with the aftermath of the massive quake.

Israel also dispatched Israel Defense Forces search and rescue teams and medical personnel.

With the support of CBN's Operation Blessing, field hospitals were set up where thousands of injured Haitians were treated.

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The Jerusalem Post contributed to this report.

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