First Israeli aid team leaves for Turkey

Women cry as they watch while the emergency teams search for people in the rubble of a destroyed building in Adana, Turkey, Monday, Feb. 6, 2023. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
Women cry as they watch while the emergency teams search for people in the rubble of a destroyed building in Adana, Turkey, Monday, Feb. 6, 2023. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

The first of two Israeli teams being dispatched to assist with earthquake relief is a small Home Front Command search and rescue team whose task is to gain an initial picture of the situation on the ground. It’s already on its way to Turkey, officials say.

The second flight will contain the full IDF rescue and medical teams, the military says, adding that the operation is codenamed “Olive Branches.”

The IDF has still not decided which airport it will fly into. Adana and Malatya are both options.

The Foreign Ministry says it is weighing a third flight containing humanitarian items and medicine.

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