An Israel Defense Forces search-and-rescue team was greeted with cheers, applause and shouts of “gracias” from citizens lining the streets in Mexico City. The Israelis arrived in Mexico on the September 21 – on Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year — after an 18-hour flight from Israel in response to a series of deadly earthquakes.
The IDF delegation of approximately 70 men and women includes 25 engineers who are evaluating the damage and providing assessments and assistance in the disaster zone.
The delegation, also including search-and-rescue and other military personnel, is led by Col. (res.) Dudi Mizrahi of the Home Front Command’s Search and Rescue unit.
“The IDF and the State of Israel will continue to assist in the aftermath of any disaster around the world that requires our experience and abilities,” said Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, an IDF spokesperson.
This video of the scene was posted by Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, retired head of the Foreign Press Branch of IDF.
In addition to the IDF, volunteers from nongovernmental Israeli humanitarian-aid agencies IsraAID, ZAKA and iAID are in Mexico providing rescue services and material and psychosocial assistance following a series of earthquakes and aftershocks during the month of September.