The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have answered the call for help after the building collapse in the predominantly Jewish community of Surfside, Florida, where 9 have been confirmed dead and another 156 still unaccounted for.
After a video plea by a mother of one of the presumed missing occupants of the building asked that the Israeli government send the Israeli Defense Forces Search & Rescue team, which is accustomed to searching for victims after building collapses as a result of terrorist attacks in their country, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis spoke to Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Defense Minister Benjamin Gantz to offer his thanks for sending the team to assist in the rescue efforts.
Gov. DeSantis confirmed that the team arrived on the scene this morning.
Late last night, the IDF announced that they would be sending the team to “assist in the rescue efforts and care for those affected by the Miami disaster.
“The IDF is ready to respond, act and assist in the effort to save lives and support our allies,” tweeted the IDF
A delegation from the IDF’s Home Front Command will depart tonight to assist in the rescue efforts and care of those affected by the Miami disaster.
The IDF is ready to respond, act and assist in the effort to save lives and support our allies.
— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) June 26, 2021
The team is comprised of “10 Home Front Command officers, including the Commander of the unit, Reservist Golan Vach.
Agriculture Commissioner and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Nikki Fried posted a tweet an image of the IDF Home Front Command preparing to start looking for survivors.
The @IDF Search and Rescue team has arrived to the Champlain Tower South site to assist in the search and rescue efforts. Fight for LIFE! #SurfsideBuildingCollapse pic.twitter.com/dAAvtaAw22
— Chaskel Bennett (@ChaskelBennett) June 27, 2021
Florida State Senator Jason Pizzo (D) posted this video of the IDF team entering the collapse structure
Rescuers going in.... https://t.co/j8TN0SY7lu pic.twitter.com/q3Oz8ktrLL
— Senator Jason Pizzo (@senpizzo) June 27, 2021