Israel Offers Aid to Algeria’s Earthquake Victims

Premier Menachem Begin has offered to extend aid to the victims of the earthquake in Algeria if the Red Cross and the government of Algeria give their approval the offer was made in a cable to a local Arab committee aiding earthquake victims which has set up its headquarters in the village of Boqa el Ghabiyeh. Israeli Health Minister Eliezer Shostak said that medical teams and medicine were standing by, pending the responses from the Algerian government and the Red Cross.

According to Algeria’s Red Crescent, the Moslem Red Cross, on estimated 20,000 people were killed and mare than 60,000 people were injured in last Friday’s quake which flattened the city of Al Asnam. The official Algerian government radio’ has announced that 27 camps have beer set up to house the estimated 200,000 homeless.

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