Israeli team leaves for Japan aid mission


JERUSALEM (JTA) — A civilian Israeli search-and-rescue team left for Japan in the aftermath of a major earthquake and tsunami.

The team organized by IsraAID, an Israeli humanitarian umbrella group, left Israel Sunday morning to assist in an area to be determined by Japanese authorities, according to The Jerusalem Post.

The group — six medical professionals and search-and-rescue experts — said it would reach Japan, which was struck last Friday by an 8.9-magnitude quake and then a tsunami, through South Korea, and then continue on to Toyko or Osaka.

Meanwhile, five Israeli businessmen and one Israeli tourist had not been located as of Saturday night, according to Israel’s Foreign Ministry.

As many as 400 Israeli tourists are currently in Japan, according to reports.

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