Israeli team rescues two women in Haiti


JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Israeli team helped rescue two students buried under the ruins of a university in Port-au-Prince.

Monday night’s rescue operation came following the unsuccessful rescue mission for a 6-year-old girl and as the Israel Defense Force’s Home Front Command decided to stop searching for survivors of Haiti’s devastating earthquake because of the slim chance that any victims would be found alive.

One of the women rescued Monday was transferred to the IDF’s field hospital.

Also Monday, a 6-year-old girl pulled from the rubble six days after the earthquake struck Haiti was treated in the IsraAID clinic before being transferred to the IDF field hospital.

The ZAKA rescue and recovery organization said it received a request Monday evening to search for a Canadian Jew, Alexander Bitton, who arrived in Haiti shortly before last week’s earthquake struck, Haaretz reported.

Meanwhile, the IDF announced Tuesday that the Israeli field hospital and rescue crew will remain in Haiti for at least another month.

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