In signing this historic agreement in Dubai, the chairman of ZAKA, Yehuda Meshi Zahav said, “There is no greater expression of peace than volunteer units partnering for mutual humanitarian aid and assistance.”
By Kalman Labovitz
ZAKA held a historic ceremony at DIHAD headquarters in Dubai, United Arab Emirates with representatives of the Dubai International Humanitarian Aid & Development Conference & Exhibition-(DIHAD).
At the meeting, the two parties signed a Memorandum of Understanding that supports future collaborations between the two in the humanitarian field in international crises and disasters, and to provide the necessary support to those affected, regardless of color, race, gender, religion or political opinions. Continue Reading »
Israeli PM tells Gautemalan president following volcanic eruption, search & rescue, first aid, recovery provision, anything you need, we’re sending it.
By Arutz Sheva Staff
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu vowed to assist Guatemala in rescue and recovery efforts, following a devastating earthquake that killed dozens of people earlier this week.
Israel’s ZAKA Search & Rescue volunteeres arrive in Gautemala and begin coordinating with local officials. – Photo courtesy: ZAKA Search & Rescue NGO/Facebook
On Sunday, the Volcan del Fuego volcano southwest of Guatemala City erupted, killing more than 60 people and burying nearby towns in ash.
The National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction in Guatemala said that fiery clouds of smoke were billowing from the volcano and that soot blanketed cars and houses in the nearby villages of San Pedro Yepocapa and Sangre de Cristo. Continue Reading »
ZAKA chairman, “With so many incidents around the world, our goal is to overcome the dozens of obstacles & bureaucratic hurdles that make life so difficult for people in their hour of need.”
By ILANIT CHERNICK
Forty ZAKA rescue and recovery organization volunteers assisted thousands of Johannesburg residents after severe storms ripped through homes in different parts of the city between December 31 and January 2.
ZAKA volunteers in Johannesburg help with clean-up and relief efforts following severe storms that displaced thousands and left two people dead and over 50 people injured. – Photo: Zaka/Facebook page
The team took part in relief and clean-up efforts together with city officials and several other NGOs. Continue Reading »
Family from Russia admit they shipped the body for burial in Israel as a ‘package’ because they were unaware of the proper procedures.
By HERB KEINON
Customs workers at Ben-Gurion Airport were astounded to open an unclaimed package there on Tuesday and find a woman’s corpse inside.
An El Al Boeing 777 aircraft is seen at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport – Photo: NIR ELIAS/REUTERS/IDF SPOKESMAN
Foreign Minister spokesman Alon Lavi said that the package arrived Tuesday morning on an Aeroflot flight from Russia. There was no accompanying paperwork with the body identifying the deceased, or the person who sent the “package,” or any of the necessary permits needed for burial. Continue Reading »
Asraf is the sole fatality of the 250 Israelis that were unaccounted for in Nepal, immediately after the earthquake that has killed more than 7,000 so far.
By TOVAH LAZAROFF, REUTERS
A search team in Nepal discovered Sunday the body of 22-year-old Israeli trekker Or Asraf who had been missing since last Saturday when a 7.9 magnitude earthquake devastated the Himalayan country.
Or Asraf, the missing Israeli hiker, seen here in Nepal. – Photo: Courtesy
Asraf was the only Israeli to lose his life in the quake which has killed more than 7,000 people. His family confirmed on Sunday that they had been officially notified of his death. Continue Reading »
In case of deterioration of the Ukrainian conflict, Israeli rescue organizations are training the Jewish Hatzalah (aid & rescue) unit in Kiev to deal with mass casualties.
The United Hatzalah and ZAKA rescue organizations are training Jews in Kiev’s Hatzalah so they can respond to mass casualty emergencies in the troubled and violent Ukraine if the crisis escalates.
Anti-government protesters advance through burning barricades in Kiev’s Independence Square February 20, 2014 – Photo REUTERS
In cooperation with the Isralife Foundation, the two organizations — which recently merged — are training local Jews in emergency, rescue and search techniques. Continue Reading »