As IDF rescuers end search mission in Brazil, Bolsonaro thanks ‘brave troops’

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro thanks Israeli rescuers who have been searching for survivors of a natural disaster, saying their mission is over after almost a week.

A 130-strong Israeli military and search-and-rescue team landed in Brazil on Sunday and has been working to find survivors of a dam collapse last Friday around a mining operation in a rural area of the Minas Gerais state.

The dam collapse left 65 people confirmed dead and nearly 300 missing.

“The brave Israeli troops, sent by the Prime Minister [Benjamin] Netanyahu, today ended their mission in Brazil,” Bolsonaro tweets in Portuguese.

“Thank you, on behalf of the Brazilian people, for your services.”