Israel has joined the international aid effort to Haiti, dispatching a large medical and rescue team, which will set up a field hospital.
The team arrived in Haiti on Friday, Jan. 15, and the field hospital was set up and began treating patients immediately.
The Israeli medical and rescue team, led by the IDF Homefront Command, is comprised of 220 people, of which 120 are medical professionals including 40 doctors.
The field hospital will have a surgery room and will be able to treat up to 500 people daily, including 50 emergency care patients.
In recent years, Israel has sent medical and rescue teams following natural disasters to counties including Turkey, Kenya and India.
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