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Israeli Medics Expected to Stay in Moscow for Duration of Week

An Israel Defense Force medical team of burn specialists is expected to remain in the Soviet Union until the end of this week, treating victims of the Trans-Siberian Railway disaster.

They are instructing Soviet doctors in the latest techniques of burn therapy, including grafts of artificial skin that is produced in Israel.

The IDF team flew to Moscow last Thursday after the Soviet authorities accepted Israel’s offer of assistance.

More than 400 people died and at least 600 were injured when a natural gas pipeline exploded in the Ural Mountains on June 3, just as two passenger trains were passing in a narrow gorge.

The survivors with the most severe burns were sent to Moscow General Hospital. where the Israeli group is now based.