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WHO Awards Top Honors to Israeli Aid Team

IDF team in Nairobi following car bombing at US Embassy, Courtesy GPO archive, IDF Spokesman's Office

JERUSALEM, Israel – The World Health Organization (WHO) recognized Israel's unparalleled contribution in providing emergency medical aid during natural disasters.

Out of 75 national and non-governmental emergency aid teams, WHO awarded an Israeli team top honors in the deployment of medical personnel, field hospitals and related assistance in crisis situations.

During a visit to Israel last week, representatives of the World Health Organization named Israel's team the top provider of emergency medical aid.

Lt. Col. (res.) Dr. Ofer Merin, head of the unit that earned first place, called the recognition a "great honor" for Israel, the Israel Defense Forces and the IDF's medical corps.

Dr. Merin and his team will travel to Hong Kong for an official recognition ceremony at the end of the month.

Despite its tiny size, Israel is always ready to dispatch medical relief and search and rescue teams wherever natural disasters strike.

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