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"Working around the clock": Israeli teams continue rescue operations and assistance to survivors in Turkey Israel today


The death toll from the earthquake is 11,200 people • As of yesterday, the Israeli rescue forces managed to rescue five people alive from the ruins • "The need for medical and humanitarian aid is expected to last for many weeks"

Today (Wednesday) we were informed that officials are updating that the death toll in Turkey and Syria as a result of the devastating earthquake is 11,200 people.

The local rescue forces continue the rescue efforts when they were joined by the forces of the Home Front Command.

They arrived at a destroyed building where they found a couple who were found alive.

After two hours the husband was rescued alive, but died on the way to the hospital.

The forces continued with the rescue attempts of the woman whose leg was trapped and the forces are trying in every possible way to rescue her as well.

Israel Hayom's envoy to Turkey reports from Kermanmarsh // Photo: Avi Cohen

The teams of the Israeli forces work based on intelligence information and when they receive information about the voices of people living among the ruins they come and try to help.

As of yesterday, the forces managed to rescue five people alive.

The forces will remain according to the nature of the mission.

They work slowly and with dedicated tools.

Rescue forces in the Turkish city of Albistan, photo: Getty Images

The Israeli delegation to the disaster area in Turkey was called tonight to rescue two trapped people from the ruins of the disaster area in Karamanmarsh in the south of the country.

At the end of the complex operation that lasted four and a half hours, the members of the Israeli delegation managed to rescue two trapped people from the rubble: a 12-year-old boy and a 23-year-old girl who had been under the rubble for almost 48 hours.

A woman walks among the ruins in the city of Kermanmarsh in Turkey, photo: Reuters

Magen David Adom is in constant contact with the Turkish Red Crescent - where it is reported that apart from the ten districts affected by the earthquake - there are apparently other settlements that were damaged - but the access roads to them are blocked, and depending on the situation assessment, additional international medical, rescue and rescue forces will be requested from Turkey.

Therefore, Magen David Adom - the Israeli Red Cross - was organized in cooperation with the German, Norwegian and Canadian Red Cross - for the immediate establishment of a dedicated field hospital for the disaster centers where they will provide medical treatment and humanitarian aid.

"Time is critical"

The MDA representative in the Israeli delegation to Turkey, senior paramedic Felix Lotan, told about the complex rescue that took place at night: "We are working around the clock in order to save lives and indeed we located two people trapped under the rubble.

We managed to rescue a 12-year-old boy and a 23-year-old boy from the ruins after almost 48 hours while still alive.

The cold is very hard so time is critical.

We are doing everything we can in order to save as many lives as possible in the complex terrain conditions." 

Survivors in line for water supply in Turkey, photo: Avi Cohen

The Director of Disaster Preparedness at the office of MDA Director General Haim Rafalboski said that "Given the weather conditions in Turkey - in addition to rescuing the injured from the ruins, medical assistance is also required for those who are without a roof. The need for medical and humanitarian assistance is expected to last for many weeks and Magen David Adom representatives are already working In Turkey, we are assisting the rescue and rescue forces operating in the disaster areas. We are in continuous contact with the Turkish Red Crescent, as well as with the Red Cross, one of the largest in the world, and are prepared to provide additional medical and humanitarian assistance immediately." 

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Source: israelhayom

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