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Delegation of 150 IDF search & rescue experts sent to Turkey 🇹🇷🇮🇱

Operation Olive Branch is underway as Israel’s 150 trained IDF recusers are in Turkey. This is Israel’s 31th humanitarian mission in the past 40 years.  



150 IDF rescue personnel took off for Turkey to assist with the earthquake disaster response as part of Operation Olive Branch.

IDF Home Front Command foreign rescue chief Col. Golan Voch told a briefing of military reporters on Monday night, “We are ready to leave in the coming hours. We are a special small rescue staff of 150 specialists.”

A box of equipment being sent by the IDF as part of Operation Olive Branch to provide aid to Turkey following a deadly earthquake, on February 6, 2023.-

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Israeli aid team arrive in Indonesia following devastating earthquake & tsunami

Israel’s first team of emergency responders from Rescuers Without Borders includes doctors, paramedics and emergency aid specialists.
• A 2nd aid delegation consisting primarily of trauma specialists will head to Indonesia later on.

By Ariel Kahana, News Agencies and Israel Hayom Staff


An Israeli aid team has been working in Indonesia in recent days to help the country and its people cope with the aftermath of a devastating tsunami last weekend, triggered by an earthquake at sea.

The Israeli volunteers are members of the organization Rescuers Without Borders, and include doctors, paramedics and other emergency aid specialists.

Members of the Israeli aid team from Rescuers Without Borders – Photo: Rescuers Without Borders

A second aid delegation is expected to depart for Indonesia later this month and will consist primarily of trauma specialists. Continue Reading »

Israel’s construction & engineering delegation continues search effort in Mexico

Israeli engineers are surveying buildings in the Mexican capital to determine whether they are safe, while others in the delegation continue searching through the rubble, still hoping to find survivors.

By Yoav Zitun, Itamar Eichner


The IDF delegation to Mexico City on Saturday continued searching through the wreckage caused by the deadly 7.1 magnitude earthquake that devastated the country earlier this week, though at this point the chances of finding survivors are said to be very small.Because of the bleak assessments, the Israeli delegation—after consultations with the Mexican, American and Japanese rescue teams also operating in the city—gave up its surgical search methods over the last two days in favor of more massive, large-scale efforts. Continue Reading »

IDF construction & engineering unit arrives in Mexico for search & rescue

Israel’s Home Front Command delegation from the IDF that arrived in Mexico specializes in construction & engineering, that includes 71 professionally equipped soldiers & officers to assist in the logistical efforts of the locals, from their coordinated search teams, to successful rescues.
– ‘We’ll stay as long as it takes,’ said the IDF delegation’s commander.

By Itamar Eichner and Yoav Zitun


The IDF has dispatched a rescue unit to Mexico City Thursday to assist in logistical efforts in some of the 38 buildings to completely buckle in the Mexican capital after the earthquake that hit it Tuesday.

The earthquake—registering 7.1 on the Richter scale—caused 250 fatalities and injuries to more than 2,000 people. Continue Reading »

Israel gives Taiwan 117 earthquake-resistant tables for its schools


The Israeli donation of 117 earthquake-resistant tables, given to a school in the city of Tainan, is in memory to the 117 victims of the earthquake that hit the country in February.

By Itamar Eichner


Israel has given Taiwan a donation of 117 earthquake-resistant tables, as a gesture of solidarity with the country ahead of its independence day on October 10, and in commemoration of the 117 victims of the quake that hit Taiwan in February.

Each Israeli earthquake-resistant table can support loads of up to a ton before collapsing. – Photo source: Ynet

The tables will be used by three schools in the city of Tainan, which was damaged in the earthquake. Continue Reading »

IsraAID sets up field hospital in Ecuador as quake reaps 646 fatalities

In the Ecuadorian village of Canoa, IsraAID sets up field hospital focusing on emergency medical treatment, as the death toll from last week’s earthquake rises.

By i24news


Nearly 650 people are now known to have died in the strong earthquake that hit Ecuador one week ago, President Rafael Correa said Saturday, as the toll jumped yet higher.

IsraelAID sets up field hospital in Ecuador – Photo: IsraAID

Last Saturday’s 7.8-magnitude quake was the worst to strike the South American country in decades, causing buildings to collapse and damaging roads and other infrastructure in tourist areas along Ecuador’s coast.

Strong aftershocks have rattled the country daily since and the number of dead is expected to rise further with another 130 people still missing. Continue Reading »

4.3 Level Earthquake Shakes Israel With No Injuries or Damage Reported

The 4.3-magnitude earthquake centered near the Dead Sea early Thursday  morning in Israel with tremors felt in northern Israel as well.

By Moshe Cohen


A 4.3-magnitude earthquake occurred early Thursday in Israel. The quake was centered on an area near the Dead Sea, and several people reported feeling its effects in southern Israel. Residents of the north also said they felt vibrations, and investigators are checking whether there were indeed two quakes around the same time.

Northern Dead Sea – Photo: Hana Levi Julian

No injuries or damage were reported from Thursday’s quake.

The last earthquake in Israel took place on June 27, when a 5.2 magnitude quake was felt throughout the country. Continue Reading »

Earthquake in Israel Registers at 5.2 – No Injuries Reported

Earthquake felt in Israel at 6:34 PM local time. With epicenter reportedly south of the Jewish State, there was strong shaking reported in Cairo. 

By Ilana Curiel, Yaron Druckman, Meir Ohayon, Shahar Chai, Roi Kais

An earthquake was felt in several Israeli cities at precisely 6:34 PM on Saturday.

Photo: Shutterstock

Al Jazeera reported shortly after that a strong quake had been felt in Cairo. The earthquake epicenter was reportedly southwest  of Israel, with the first local geological station to log the earthquake being in Eilat. It was soon reported that the epicenter was 4 kilometers away from Nuwaybi`a, Egypt and 63 km from Eilat. Continue Reading »

Netanyahu to Nepal Search & Rescue teams: “This is the real face of Israel”

Israel’s PM Netanyahu & President Rivlin praise the Jewish State’s  Search & Rescue team members as they make their way to Nepal to aid trapped Israelis and injured locals.

By Itamar Eichner


Prime Minister Benjamin  spoke Sunday with the head of the Israeli rescue mission to Nepal following a devastating earthquake and wished him luck in their attempt to find the missing Israelis and help with local rescue missions.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (Photo: Olivier Fitoussi, Haaretz)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu – Photo: Olivier Fitoussi, Haaretz

Colonel Yoram Lerdo heads the team, which includes a mobile hospital and is charged with finding Israelis and helping the wounded or stranded. Continue Reading »

Israel Sends Search & Rescue to Airlift Surrogate Babies Out of Nepal By Helicopters

Since Kathmandu airport is closed following devastating earthquake, Israel Foreign Ministry sends search & rescue team Saturday night to evacuate newborns to Israel via India.

By Itamar Eichner


The 24 infants born in recent days to surrogate mothers in Nepal are waiting with their Israeli parents to be evacuated following the lethal earthquake which struck the area on Saturday morning.

Ohad Hitman with his partner and newborns

Ohad Hitman with his partner and newborns

Nine of the infants were born premature and one is in serious condition. The Foreign Ministry told Ynet that it planned to fly out the families in helicopters from Nepal to neighboring India because the airport in Kathmandu was closed.

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Israel sends aid to Napal: 1,500 dead so far following ‘worst quake in 80 years’

Still unclear whether Israeli tourists are among casualties as Napal declares State of Emergency.

By i24news


A 7.9 magnitude earthquake caused large-scale casualties in Nepal on Saturday, with the death toll currently at 1,170, according to police.

“Nepalese people walk past collapsed buildings at Lalitpur, on the outskirts of Kathmandu, on April 25, 2015” – Photo: Prakash Mathema /AFP

Hundreds more are feared trapped in the ruins, Nepalese Home Ministry said. The South Asian country has declared a state of emergency.

“Deaths have been reported from all regions except the far west. All our security personnel have been deployed to rescue and assist those in need,” national police spokesman Kamal Singh Bam told AFP. Continue Reading »

4.1 earthquake hits Israel


The epicenter of Saturday’s quake was located on the Dead Sea Rift, source of the majority of Israel’s strongest earthquakes.


A magnitude 4.1 earthquake struck southern Israel, the Geophysical Institute of Israel said. The quake was felt across the country.
 - Alon Ron

Earthquake – Photo: Alon Ron

The earthquake’s center was in the Dead Sea Rift, a system of faults prone to earthquakes, and the source of most of the powerful quakes which struck Israel.

Saturday’s earthquake was the first of its magnitude in this segment of the Rift in recent years. However, the earthquake doesn’t foretell of the frequency or magnitude of future earthquakes. Continue Reading »

Israel Evaluates Jerusalem’s Ancient Sites in Event of Earthquake

The only site in the Old City that Israeli officials say is being checked for a possible earthquake risk is the Tower of David.  Israeli involvement in the Old City’s ancient buildings has sparked protest from Palestinians who seek sovereignty there.


JERUSALEM — With Israel situated in one of the world’s earthquake-prone areas, officials are taking action to protect the Holy Land’s most important ancient treasures so they don’t come tumbling down.

Tower of David - Photo:IsraelandStuff/PP

Tower of David – Photo:IsraelandStuff/PP

After a series of five moderate earthquakes shook the country in October, experts installed a seismic monitoring system at the Tower of David, one of Jerusalem’s most important — and most visible — historical sites. Continue Reading »

Earthquake shakes Galilee again


After a series of Galilee area earthquakes in October, tremors shake the region again. ‘We felt the ground moving,’ residents said, but is Israel prepared?

By Michal Margalit


A light earthquake was felt Monday afternoon in the Upper Galilee. Director of the Geophysical Institute of Israel, Dr. Uri Frieslander, reported that magnitude of the quake was 3.5 on the Richter scale.

3.5 on Richter scale — Photo: Reuters

The epicenter was documented in the area of Almagor, north of the Sea of Galilee.

Shortly after 3:00 pm, the quake was felt in the area of the Sea of Galilee and Upper Galilee. Continue Reading »

Earthquake Hits Northern Israel

Mediterranean earthquake measuring 5.9 on the Richter scale shakes Cyprus and was felt as far east as the Haifa area.

By Tova Dvorin


An earthquake measuring 5.9 on the Richter scale shook Cyprus Saturday night, with the effects felt as far east as Northern Israel. The two areas primarily affected were Haifa and the Krayot.

The quake’s epicenter was about 50 kilometers deep in the Mediterranean Sea, and about 80 kilometers from Antalya, Turkey.

No casualties are reported and no further aftershocks are expected.

Orit, a resident of the Kiryat Shmuel neighborhood in Haifa, described the quake to Arutz Sheva. Continue Reading »