IDF in Nepal: Small country, big heart, warm hands

One of the smallest countries in the world – Israel – surpassed by far the largest in the world – China – in providing search-and-rescue and medical assistance to the victims of the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that devastated Nepal on April 25.

Not only was the Israel Defense Forces’ field hospital by far the largest, with 260 people, including 45 physicians and with nurses, x-ray technicians and more. It was also among the speediest to arrive, even though the team came from nearly 5,000 kilometers away, and it included the director-general of a major Israeli medical center and senior department chairmen rather than only junior physicians.

China, the next largest, sent only 37 professionals, and Japan four.


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