Israeli medical team, aid head for Japan


JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Israeli medical team carrying medical supplies and humanitarian aid left for Japan.

The team of 50 doctors, 62 tons of medical supplies and 18 tons of humanitarian aid left Israel Saturday night. The humanitarian supplies include coats, blankets, gloves and portable toilets.

The Israelis will establish an emergency clinic in the city of Kurihara, one of the areas heavily damaged by the tsunami that hit Japan earlier this month following a devastating earthquake. Residents were left without roofs over their heads, without vehicles or fuel and without access to medical assistance. The closest hospital is not large and is located an hour and a half away by vehicle.

 The team is scheduled to stay two weeks to a month, but has indicated it will stay as long as it is needed.


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