"An Israeli aid mission, numbering about 150 personnel, departed on January 29 in five Israeli Air Force aircraft to the area of the recent earthquake in western India. Following an Indian request, Israel dispatched an entire field hospital, including a team of doctors, medical staff, and medical equipment. A Foreign Ministry team, led by Mr. Moti Amihai, Director of the South East Asia Division, accompanied the delegation.
The IDF medical relief team opened a field hospital in the town of Bhuj, in the Indian state of Gujarat, which is the region most affected by the earthquake.
The Israeli delegation returned to Israel on February 12 after two weeks in the earthquake area. At the field hospital in the city of Bhuj, they treated 1,211 casualties and assisted in 12 births. Members of the delegation also helped in the search and rescue in the field. Prior to their departure, the India Airforce Commander and the Mayor of Bhuj thanked the delegation for its contribution in the saving of lives and treatment of the wounded in the earthquake."
In December 2003, as everyone knows, there was in earthquake in Iran. Yes, everyone also knows that Israeli offers of help were rejected. That's not the point of this post.
US aid, while accepted, has also been met with statements from the Iranian theocrats that the aid wouldn't change anything.
In case you were wondering what the US sent:
"In the latest U.S. shipment, an American military plane carrying 80 personnel and medical supplies landed early Tuesday in the provincial capital of Kerman. The team reached Bam, 120 miles to the southeast, by midday.
Seven U.S. Air Force C-130 cargo planes have already delivered 150,000 pounds of relief supplies — including blankets, medical supplies and water — making the United States one of the largest international donors."
Of course, no one should be surprised that the US is 'one of the largest international donors.' Nor should anyone be surprised that we sent, per this article with it's byline: "The Associated Press Updated: 8:20 p.m. ET Dec. 30, 2003", seven cargo planes of relief supplies and medical personnel.
Why am I posting about that?
Seven planes. It's an interesting number isn't it? Completely insignificant, you'd think, that the Associated Press would announce on December 30, 2003 that the US, as 'one of the largest international donors' sent 7 planes.
"Aid for Quake Victims
RIYADH, 31 January 2003 (sic) — Saudi Arabia yesterday sent two more planeloads of relief supplies for Iran’s earthquake victims, bringing the total to seven. The Kingdom also sent a medical team to establish a field hospital in the quake-hit city of Bam."
How nice of Saudi Arabia to suddenly decide to send 2 more planeloads of relief supplies, bringing the total, as reported by the Arab News on December 31, 2003 (we'll assume they meant December, not January) to seven.
Told you it was an interesting number.
I wonder how many planeloads the Israelis would have sent.