Israel sends volunteers to Haiti

Devastation after the Haiti earthquake Photo: Matthew Marek/American Red Cross

Devastation after the Haiti earthquake Photo: Matthew Marek/American Red Cross

Israel is to send a group of police officers to Haiti to help steady the disaster-struck country.

The Foreign Ministry has agreed to send the 14 volunteers to the Caribbean country as part of a United Nations stabilisation mission.

The Israeli team will join Italian and Serbian officers in the mission, which is aimed at maintaining public order.

In a statement the Foreign Ministry said: “Israel's dispatching of the police team is an expression of its desire to contribute its experience and professional expertise.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said: "This is a Jewish and humanistic action.

“It follows up on the rapidly organised activity that preceded it after the Haitian earthquake.”

More than 1000,000 people were killed and millions left homeless after a devastating earthquake hit Haiti in January 2009.

In the wake of the disaster, Israel sent humanitarian aid to Haiti in the form of a field hospital and an evacuation and rescue team.

Last updated: 2:11pm, July 26 2010