At least 224 killed in Mexico earthquake; Israeli rescue teams on their way

Less than a month after the strong 8.1-magnitude earthquake in Mexico, a 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck the country, killing at least 224 people. Many are still trapped under the ruins of collapsed buddings. Israel received an overnight aid request from Mexico and complied. The Israeli teams will fly to the country this afternoon.

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A powerful 7.1-magnitude earthquake hit Mexico’s Puebla state near Mexico City yesterday (Tuesday). The Mexican interior minister confirmed today that at least 224 people were killed but the number is expected to rise as many are still trapped in collapsed buildings. Mexico City’s airport has halted all operations and Israel is planning to send a special aid delegation to the country.

Residents of the area said that many buildings shook tremendously when the earthquake struck. Thousands fled the buildings into the streets, fearing for their lives. The Israeli Foreign Affairs Ministry said in a statement that all the consulate employees in Mexico are safe. The ministry added that at this moment, no reports of Israelis who were injured due to the earthquake have been received. However, it has been reported that a Jewish man from Mexico City is missing.

After the earthquake, yesterday Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

Israel received an overnight aid request from Mexico and complied. Israeli Foreign Affairs Ministry and Israeli Home Front Command forces are preparing to depart this afternoon for the disaster site in order to aid the Latin American state.

Two Israeli Air Force transport planes will take off at 2:30 PM (Israel time) with over 50 rescue experts and building engineers. The Israeli teams will help the local forces in their mission to locate and rescue people.

After the earthquake, yesterday Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

Earlier this month, at least 90 people died in an even stronger earthquake in Mexico and tens of thousands of homes were severely damaged. The 8.1-magnitude earthquake, which was mainly felt in the Chiapas and Oaxaca states, was stronger than the 1985 tremor that killed thousands of people. The death toll from last week’s earthquake was significantly lower, however, because the depth of the quake was greater and the main impact areas were farther away from the capital.



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