IDF sends delegation of 71 to assist Mexico City following earthquake

Delegation in Mexico since Wednesday; Teams include search and rescue, medical, construction and engineers; IDF: The IDF and the State of Israel will continue to assist in the aftermath of any disaster around the world that requires our experience and abilities. (Photo: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit), September 22, 2017.

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Israel continued to act as a first responder to global natural disasters sending an IDF delegation to Mexico to assist following the devastating earthquake.

The Israeli delegation traveled to Mexico City on Wednesday and includes 71 soldiers and officers, mostly reservists. The delegation of the Home Front Command includes search and rescue teams, engineers and construction experts and medical teams.

The mission, called “The Sound of the Shofar carries far”, falls on the Jewish celebration of Rosh Hashanah, the delegation team sounding the shofar marking the new year when they arrived in Mexico.

The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit confirmed the mission stating, “The IDF and the State of Israel will continue to assist in the aftermath of any disaster around the world that requires our experience and abilities… They will help surveying buildings- which structures can people go into, which structures need to be torn down.”

Prime Minister Netanyahu instructed the delegation to leave immediately following the earthquake Tuesday, his Office stating “Netanyahu ordered that aid and a search and rescue operation be organized to leave to Mexico as soon as possible.”

Israel previously sent aid to assist in Oaxaca and Chiapas last week. During his Latin America tour last week, Prime Minister Netanyahu reiterated Israel’s commitment to assist where and however it can stating “[The State of Israel] offer our condolences, once again, to those who lost their lives in the tragic earthquake. We have… offered any help that we can give to Oaxaca and Chiapas and anything that you deem appropriate, we stand ready, because we stand with you.”