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Israel to send aid, rescue teams to Turkey following earthquake

Following the largest earthquake to hit Turkey in almost 84 years, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has offered to send aid and rescue teams to the country. 

Speaking on Monday, Netanyahu said, “at the request of the Turkish government, I instructed all authorities to prepare immediately to provide medical, rescue and life-saving assistance.” 

Israel's Foreign Minister Eli Cohen also announced that he had spoken with his Turkish counterpart, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, and discussed Israel’s offer to provide assistance. 

Israeli President Isaac Herzog expressed his condolences to those who have been affected by the disaster. 

“The State of Israel always stands ready to assist in every way possible,” Herzog said. “Our hearts are with the grieving families and the Turkish people at this painful moment.” 

Israel’s United Hatzalah, a national volunteer first aid organization, announced it is prepared to send a group of volunteers to help with the rescue efforts in Turkey. 

The All Israel News Staff is a team of journalists in Israel.

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