Israeli medical team to aid Ivory Coast displaced

By Jennifer Lipman, April 4, 2011

An Israeli humanitarian aid organisation is to send a team to help victims of violence in the Ivory Coast.

Bitter fighting over the results of November's presidential election in the cocoa-rich African country has left more than one million people displaced from their homes.

Around 150,000 people have escaped across the border into refugee camps in Liberia.

Relief organisation IsraAID announced today that it would dispatch a medical group to help those fleeing the violence and provide them with vital medical care in advance of the rainy season.

Shachar Zahavi, director, said that IsrAid was reacting to deteriorating conditions in the Ivory Coast and in the newly formed camps on Liberia's border.

He said: "People are crossing the border with almost no possessions and are being forced to live in makeshift shelters with no basic human essentials.

"Liberia has been assisting the refugees for months now, but in recent weeks the influx of people crossing the border has become a stress to the local host."

Following last month's devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan, the IDF sent an aid delegation of 50 medical corps officers and soldiers to establish an emergency response clinic for victims.

Last updated: 3:11pm, April 4 2011