JERUSALEM (Oct. 30)
A 15-member Israeli volunteer medical team together with supplies and equipment is the first step in a program announced by the government to extend medical and humanitarian aid to the Cambodians. As there are no diplomatic relations between Israel and Cambodia, the aid will reach them through Thailand. The Israel Embassy in Bangkok is cooperating with the Thai Red Cross and the Thai Prime Minister’s office in channeling the aid to its destination, which is the field clinics presently located along the Thai-Cambodian border.
According to the decision by Israel, which is one of the first countries to respond to the desperate situation of the Cambodians, an inter-ministerial committee composed of representatives of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Health, Labor and Social Betterment and EI AI Israel Airlines, has been established in order to coordinate activities for the speedy dispatch of aid.