Tuesday, January 24, 2006

A Friendship forged at Entebbe

The Jerusalem Post reports:
IDF sends rescue team to Kenya

Israel dispatched a plane with 80 members of a Home Front rescue team to Nairobi Monday night to help extricate survivors from a building that collapsed in central Nairobi Monday trapping more than 280 construction workers inside.

Kenya's vice president requested the aid, which was immediately organized. Foreign Ministry officials said that Israel and Kenya have long standing diplomatic ties, with an Israeli embassy in Nairobi. The officials also noted that Kenya played a role in Israel's successful raid on Entebbe in 1976 by letting the IDF use Kenyan facilities for intelligence gathering and refueling.

Israel dispatched a similar team from the Home Front's rescue unit to Nairobi in 1998 after the terrorist bombing there of the US embassy.


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