Israeli Relief Team Sets Up Hospital in Philippines

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JERUSALEM, Israel -- Israel sent a 148-member contingent to the Philippines Wednesday to set up a field hospital, distribute humanitarian and medical supplies, and help with search and rescue efforts for survivors.

Earlier this week, Israel dispatched a six-member advance team to assess the situation.

The mission joined international efforts to aid storm victims, bringing 100 tons of supplies purchased by IsraAIDE, medical and paramedical personnel, volunteers, and search and rescue teams from Israel's Home Front Command.

The mission set up the field hospital in the storm-ravaged city of Tacloban.

"The devastation is enormous," mission head IDF Lt. Col. (res.) Tsafrir Shifman said. "We and the other relief missions have our work cut out for us."

"We want to offer people the best care possible," Col. Ramtin Sabti, head of the IDF Home Front Command Search and Rescue Unit, said.

Click here for the Foreign Ministry's report on Israel's mission to the Philippines.

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