Philippine Embassy Welcomes Representatives of ZAKA International Group


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24 November 2013 Tel Aviv, State of Israel. The Philippine Embassy welcomed representatives of ZAKA, an Israeli international humanitarian organization, after completion of its search and rescue operations in the Philippines. During the meeting held at the Quezon Room of the Embassy, the organization's representatives led by Mr. Mati Goldstein, also the chief of ZAKA's delegation to the Philippines, discussed with Ambassador Calonge the current situation in the areas hit by Typhoon Yolanda and the operations and services offered by the team. A token depicting the organization's assistance to the typhoon victims was given to Ambassador Calonge at the end of the meeting.

It may be noted that before proceeding to the Philippines, the organization requested the assistance of the Embassy in contacting government agencies that could possibly assist its emergency rescue team in sites where its services were needed.

ZAKA was founded in 1989 with the mission of responding to terror attacks and performing the retrieval, identification and burial of the victims of such attacks. Through the years, it has evolved into a world renowned humanitarian organization with more than 2,800 volunteers based in more than 15 countries.

ZAKA is one among several humanitarian organizations in Israel that immediately offered help after Typhoon Yolanda devastated parts of central Philippines, affecting millions of people and displacing many of them from their homes. -- END --