IDF Delegation Winds Up Haiti Mission

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JERUSALEM, Israel - Israel Defense Forces medical and search-and-rescue teams are winding up their work in Haiti, the IDF Spokesperson's Office announced on Monday.

The decision follows the arrival of additional international aid teams to Haiti, including the U.S. hospital ship, allowing Israeli medical personnel to head for home later this week.

Dozens of patients treated in the IDF field hospital have been transferred to the U.S. hospital and the remainder will be transported to other medical facilities that are up and running.

During their 11-day stay, Israeli doctors and nurses have treated more than 960 patients, performed 294 successful surgeries, and attended 16 births, including three delivered by Caesarian section.

IDF search-and-rescue teams have helped extricate dozens of Haitians trapped in collapsed buildings, set up water tank facilities and assisted survivors in a variety of other ways.

The IDF will leave much of the equipment it brought, including tents and medical supplies.

For more details on Israel's aid to Haiti, click here for a full report from the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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