Israel dispatches aid to quake-hit Mexico
The ministry’s center for international cooperation along with the Israeli Embassy in Mexico is to provide aid for the southern states of Oaxaca and Chiapas that were hardest hit in the deadly quake that struck late Thursday night.
Ambassador to Mexico Yoni Peled and his team will deliver the aid to state governors in the coming days, a statement said.
Netanyahu, who also holds the position of foreign minister, is set to leave Sunday evening to visit three Latin American countries. On Wednesday Netanyahu will make his way to Mexico — the world’s second-largest Catholic country — for meetings with President Enrique Pena Nieto and representatives of the local Jewish community.
The 8.1-magnitude quake killed at least 65 people. Officials said 37 people were killed in Juchitan, Oaxaca, the city hit hardest.
More deaths were reported elsewhere in the state, along with people killed Chiapas and Tabasco, while shaking from the temblor was reported in far away Mexico City.
Non-governmental Israeli aid and rescue group iAID said Friday it was preparing to send a team of 12 and high-tech equipment to search for people trapped under rubble.
The country was also hit by a hurricane that made landfall along the Gulf coast late Friday. Authorities say two people were killed by a landslide in Veracruz state. The storm has since dissipated.