Israeli aid sent to help quake-hit Indonesia — report

A day after The Times of Israel reported that Israel had not offered aid to quake and tsunami-hit Indonesia, despite regularly sending help to countries with which it has no relations, the Kan state broadcaster reports that Israel is sending help to the disaster-struck area.

According to the report, Israel has sent water purification devices to Sulawesi, the hard-hit island where over a thousand people have been killed and where the UN says hundreds of thousands more are in desperate need of aid.

Much aid has been slow to reach the area, with much of it only arriving now, five days after the quake hit.

The Israeli help was sent via the Red Cross, since Jerusalem does not have formal ties with Jakarta, according to the report.

It also says an Israeli aid team is set to be dispatched there.

There is no official confirmation from Israeli officials. The Israeli Foreign Ministry refuses to comment on the report.

— With Raphael Ahren and AP


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