Foreign Minister Yair Lapid spoke earlier with Israel’s consul general in Miami, Maor Elbaz, who updated him on the state of operations on the ground following the collapse of a residential building in the town of Surfside, which is home to some 2,500 Jews.
Lapid also spoke with the head of the Jewish community in Miami, Jacob Solomon, the Foreign Ministry says in a statement.
Some 20 members of the local Jewish community, some with dual US-Israeli citizenship, are reported to be among those missing after the collapse.
“Foreign Ministry staff in Miami and Israel are doing everything they can to help those on the ground, the wounded and the families. It is a difficult and complex event and it will take time to deal with it. We are at their disposal for any assistance they may need,” Lapid says, according to the statement.