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Israeli Paramedics in Nepal


New continues to arrive from Nepal, where Israelis are helping provide aid after the deadly earthquakes that left the nation devastated. The Times of Israel’s Melanie Lidman reports that an IDF field hospital will be available shortly, and that Israeli paramedics are tending to the many injured:

Magen David Adom paramedics in Kathmandu are dealing with a sea of serious injuries following the 7.8 earthquake in Nepal on Saturday, which killed more than 4,000 people and injured over 6,000.

“Everyone is outside sleeping in the streets, everything is dark, and everywhere you can see ruins of houses that are partly broken or vanished,” said Ravit Martinez, a 35-year-old MDA paramedic from Kibbutz Erez who arrived in Kathmandu on Sunday evening.

Martinez is part of a delegation of eight doctors and paramedics who are staying at the Israeli Embassy in Kathmandu and will be working in cooperation with the International Red Cross. The MDA paramedics will likely work at the Nepalese military hospital or the Israel Defense Force field hospital, which will be built nearby.

The IDF field hospital, currently en route from Israel, can be constructed within 12 hours and will serve up to 200 patients per day.

“We treated children with abdominal and chest injuries, and lots of broken legs and arms,” Martinez told The Times of Israel via satellite phone. “We did stitches everywhere, stitches in places like ears, eyes and faces. It’s not very sanitary and clean, but this is the field, and this is what we have.”

Tags: Asia , Israel , IDF

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