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Israel Sends Aid to Guatemala

An Israel Aircraft Industry Boeing 707 took off for Guatemala today with a load of medical supplies, food and other emergency equipment for the victims of the earthquakes in that Central American country. (A spokesman for IAI in New York said the plane would stop in Washington for refueling.)

The supplies being shipped were donated by the Israel Defense Ministry, the Red Mogen David the Rotary Club, the Lions, B’nai B’rith and other organizations in Israel. The collection of supplies is being coordinated by Mordechai Allon the honorary Guatemalan Consul in Israel.

The 707 is also carrying a letter expressing Israel’s sorrow over the tragedy in Guatemala from Defense Minister Shimon Peres. Knesset Speaker Yisrael Yeshayahu cabled a message of condolence today to his counterpart in Guatemala. Today’s shipment was the second. An earlier shipment took plasma and other medical supplies. A special committee is working on a concert to be held in Jerusalem under the patronage of President Ephraim Katzir, the proceeds of which will go for aid to Guatemala.

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