Baby 'Israel' Born amid Philippines Disaster Chaos

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JERUSALEM, Israel -- Israeli medical staff delivered a healthy baby boy on Friday at the field hospital set up this week in the Philippines.

"Today, November 15, 2013, at 13:15 p.m. Philippines time, the first baby was born in the field hospital established by the IDF humanitarian aid delegation to the Philippines," the IDF Spokesperson's Office said in a statement.

The baby was born a month prematurely, weighing in at 2.150 kg. (4.73 lbs.). His father said they would name their newborn "Israel" in gratitude to members of the Israeli mission.

The field hospital, set up in Tacloban, is part of the 148-member Israeli team that arrived in the Philippines Wednesday.

The team joined other international relief agencies, including CBN's Operation Blessing, helping survivors of mega-typhoon Haiyan.

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