Top IDF officers and government officials will undergo special training over the next few weeks, courtesy of the United Nations' International Aid Agency.
UN agents will train the officials on the various ways in which Israel can appeal for international assistance in case of a national disaster or catastrophic event, such as earthquakes, fires or rocket attacks on urban areas, which may lead to a humanitarian crisis.
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Senior officers from the IDF's Home Front Command, Logistics, Technology and Medical corps will take part in the workshops, as well as officials from the Prime Minister's Office and the Defense, Foreign, Health, Transportation, Finance and Public Security ministries.
The Carmel fire (Photo: AFP)
Police, Fire and Rescue and Magen David Adom emergency services officers will also take part in the training, as well as delegates from the National Emergency Authority and the Israel Airport Authority.
Home Front Defense Minister Matan Vilnai, who promoted the training following his meetings with UN officials in Brussels, said that the workshops were "part of Israel's efforts to create orderly protocols with the UN and various aid organizations for the coordination of international assistance – of need be."
The Home Front Defense Ministry said that a scenario dictating an Israeli request for international aid will be incorporated in the next nationwide Home Front Command drill – "Turning Point 6" – scheduled for October.
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