Following the earthquake that hit Turkey early Monday morning, Defense Minister Yoav Galant ordered the security establishment to prepare to send an aid mission.
The extraction and rescue unit of the Home Front Command was launched to advance preparedness.
In Israel they are waiting for an official request from the Turkish government.
The earthquake disaster in the city of Diyarbakır in eastern Turkey, photo: Reuters
The Zaka organization is also organizing to fly an aid mission to the collapse of the buildings in Turkey.
The IDF and Home Front Command missions are known in Turkey to have operated in the past. August 1999, Operation "Lifeline" in an earthquake in Turkey - about 2,000 people were killed and about 10,000 injured in an earthquake that occurred east of Istanbul. The Home Front Command mission operated there for about a week, during which 12 survivors were rescued from the ruins and 146 dead, including 10 dead Israeli tourists.A field hospital established in the area treated 1,200 wounded, and about 40 surgeries and 15 births were conducted there.
Turkey: Rescuers talk to survivors trapped under the rubble / Reuters
November 1999, Operation "Brotherhood of Nations" in the Turkish earthquake - a delegation of the Home Front Command, which included 250 rescuers and 100 doctors, landed in northwestern Turkey following an earthquake, and assisted in the rescue of one survivor and in locating 22 dead.
Rescue teams from 19 countries worked in the area of destruction.
Foreign Minister Eli Cohen: "On behalf of the State of Israel, I would like to express my deep sorrow to the Turkish people for the severe earthquake that struck southern Turkey tonight. Our hearts go out to the victims and we wish the injured a speedy recovery. I have instructed the Foreign Ministry to lead a rapid aid program for Turkey to deal with the severe disaster ".
Defense Minister Yoav Galant: "The security forces are ready to offer any assistance that may be required."
The security system has gained a lot of experience over the years in dealing with disaster areas and in the mission of saving lives.'
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