Israel sends $10,000 to Guatemala following deadly volcano eruption

The aid, the Israeli Foreign Affairs Ministry explained, will be used to purchase medicine, food and blankets for the victims.
The eruption Photo Credit: Twitter screenshot

At least 25 people were killed and hundreds were injured when Guatemala’s Volcan de Fuego erupted on Sunday. In addition, some 3,000 people have been evacuated from their homes and assessments place the number of people affected by the tragedy at two million.

Israel’s Foreign Affairs Ministry announced Monday that it has sent $10,000 to Guatemala so that the country can purchase medicine, food and blankets for the victims. Meanwhile, Israel’s ambassador to Guatemala and other Israeli officials expressed solidarity with the citizens of the Central American country.

According to reports, Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales is considering declaring a state of emergency in the areas most affected by the eruption. Meanwhile, the airport in Guatemala City remains closed.

Volcan de Fuego, located near the city of Antigua, is one of the most active volcanoes in Central America.

Israel and Guatemala have a strong relationship and therefore it is not surprising that Israel was one of the first countries to send aid following the tragedy. In 1948, Guatemala was the second country to recognize the State of Israel, shortly after the United States. Over the years, the bond has solidified, and last month, Guatemala returned its embassy to Jerusalem.

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