150 IDF Soldiers in Turkey for Quake Rescue

Preparing for the mission. (IDF spokesperson’s unit)

150 IDF soldiers arrived in Turkey overnight Monday, in an effort to assist in the ongoing rescue operation following the massive earthquake in which over 5,000 are reported dead, with thousands more trapped or injured.

The operation – named Olive Branches – is the military’s 30th search and rescue mission in the past 41 years and is being led by Col. Golan Vach, who said it was “an honor to help our friends in Turkey.”

“This is the worst situation since the earthquake in Haiti” in 2021, in which 2,250 people died, he noted, adding that this time, soldiers were dispatched to Adana, southern Turkey.

“We are also ready for humanitarian aid, but the Turkish government has requested search and rescue teams at this stage. We are aware that other earthquakes could happen,” Vach said.

A ZAKA team also arrived in Turkey ahead of the IDF delegation.

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