Port au Prince, Hati - President of Haiti Thanks Israel for Its Help
Port au Prince, Haiti - Haitian President Rene Preval on Thursday said his country appreciated the aid that Israel has provided to those hurt in last week’s devastating earthquake.
Brig.-Gen. Shalom Ben-Aryeh, commander of the Israeli field hospital in Port-au-Prince, said that the IDF delegation would return home only after it was confident that the wounded were receiving proper treatment.
The United States is supposed to begin receiving more patients on a ship-based hospital on Sunday. Until then, the only real functioning facilities are being run by the IDF and the Russians, who have opened a small 20-bed field hospital.
“As long as we don’t have someone authoritative to take our wounded we won’t leave,” Ben-Aryeh said.
Preval, speaking to Channel 10, noted that “this disaster has not only harmed people,” but had also rendered his government helpless. “One must understand that the damage caused was comprehensive and has affected every aspect of Haitian society,” the president said.
About 400 wounded and sick have been treated at the field hospital, which is located in a soccer field in the center of town, with about 140 operations carried out by the Israelis.
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