As usual, when disaster strikes the international community, the Jewish state is the first to respond with aid. The Times of Israel reports that after a devastating volcanic eruption hit Guatemala, Israel responded with aid for medicine, food, and blankets, while evaluating the need for Israeli search and rescue teams:
Israel said Monday it would send emergency aid money to Guatemala after a deadly volcanic eruption left at least 25 people dead and cities covered in ash.
The Foreign Ministry said it was sending $10,000 to the country. The money is to go toward buying medicine, food and blankets for those affected.
There was no immediate word on whether Israel would send search and rescue teams or other aid to the country, where lava flows have blocked roads, destroyed bridges and hampered rescue efforts.
“We will later carry out an evaluation with the Guatemalan authorities,” the ministry said in a statement.
The Volcan de Fuego, Spanish for “volcano of fire,” exploded in a hail of ash and molten rock shortly before noon Sunday, blanketing nearby villages in heavy ash. It then began sending lava flows down the mountain’s flank and across homes and roads around 4 p.m.
Authorities said at least 25 people were killed and 20 more injured, with fears the death toll could rise...