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“Israel punches above its weight in many areas including intelligence, technology, agriculture, scientific research and culture. Of these, one category which Israelis are especially proud is the country’s global role in disaster relief.
Thus after a dam collapsed in Brumadinho, Brazil on Friday, killing several dozen and leaving at least 200 missing, Israel sent a search and rescue team to locate survivors and the dead. The 200-member IDF Home Front Command delegation, comprised of 130 soldiers and officers and 70 reservists, flew half way across the world on Sunday to help. Among them are engineering experts, doctors, firefighters and search-and-rescue personnel. They are equipped to locate cellular signals, and have brought drones to create aerial pictures of the disaster zone. As well, the team includes ZAKA experts equipped with sonar devices who specialize in recovering bodies. The organization’s chairman Yehuda Meshi-Zahav said, “It is a moral obligation to offer help and assistance to those in need, regardless of religion.”
The Interior Ministry also provided emergency supplies, including tents, generators, and sleeping bags, as well as 1,000 nonperishable meals and heating packs for the IDF team.”
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