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Israel Sends Aid to Volcano-Stricken Guatemala

Israel is sending aid to Guatemala after a devastating volcanic eruption killed at least 69 people.

By: United with Israel Staff

Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) announced it was sending aid to Guatemala after a fiery volcanic eruption in the country sent lava flowing into rural communities, killing at least 69.

The $10,000 worth of aid includes food, medication and blankets.

Israel will maintain contact with the Guatemalan government and send further support as required, the Ministry said.

“We follow with worry the eruption of the Fuego volcano in Guatemala. Our hearts go to the victims and their families. From Israel we extend solidarity and friendship,” MFA spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon tweeted.

At least 20 people were injured in the eruption, and authorities said they feared the death toll could rise with an undetermined number of people as yet unaccounted for.

The Volcan de Fuego, or “Volcano of Fire,” exploded in a hail of ash and molten rock shortly before noon on Sunday, blanketing nearby villages in heavy ash. Lava began flowing down the mountain’s flank and across homes and roads.

Eddy Sanchez, director of the country’s seismology and volcanology institute, said the flows reached temperatures of about 1,300 degrees Fahrenheit (700 Celsius).

Hundreds of rescue workers, including firefighters, police and soldiers, worked to help survivors and recover
bodies amid the still-smoking lava.

Guatemala’s disaster agency said 3,100 people had evacuated nearby communities and that volcanic ash was affecting an area of about 1.7 million of the country’s 15 million citizens. Shelters were opened for those forced to flee.

“Currently the volcano continues to erupt and there exists a high potential for avalanches of debris,” the disaster agency said late Sunday via Twitter.

Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales said he would issue a declaration of a state of emergency to be approved by Congress and urged civilians to heed warnings from emergency officials.

Israel and Guatemala have recently experienced a significant warming of relations after the Central American country moved its embassy to Jerusalem last month.

“It is not a coincidence that Guatemala is opening its embassy in Jerusalem two days after the US. You are always among the first,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at the opening ceremony.

Guatemala supported the creation of the State of Israel in 1948 and was the second country to recognize it, after the US. “We remember our friends and Guatemala is our friend, then and now,” Netanyahu said.

“We share so many goals and values even though were are so far away,” the prime minister added, saying he would advance the bilateral relationship in “practical ways.”

AP contributed to this report.

在一场毁灭性的火山喷发造成至少69人死亡后,以色列向瓜地马拉提供援助。

与以色列员工联合

以色列外交部(MFA)宣布,该国火山爆发后,向瓜地马拉派遣援助物资,导致熔岩流入农村社区,造成至少69人死亡。

价值10000美元的援助包括食物、药物和毯子。

以色列将保持与危地马拉政府的联系,并根据需要提供进一步的支持,该部说。

“我们担心瓜地马拉火山爆发。我们的心属于受害者和他们的家人。来自以色列的我们团结友爱,“MFA发言人Emmanuel Nahshon在推特上说。

至少20人在这次喷发中受伤,当局表示,他们担心死亡人数可能会上升,但尚未确定的人数尚未确定。

在星期日中午前,火山爆发和火山灰的冰雹爆炸,覆盖了附近村庄的灰烬。熔岩从山腰开始流淌,穿过房屋和道路。

国家地震学和火山学研究所所长Eddy Sanchez说,这些气流达到了华氏1300度(700摄氏度)的温度。

数百名救援人员,包括消防员、警察和士兵,帮助幸存者和恢复。

在烟雾弥漫的熔岩中的尸体。

瓜地马拉灾难机构称有3100人疏散了附近的社区,火山灰正在影响该国1500万个公民中约170万的地区。为那些被迫逃离的人开放了庇护所。

“目前火山继续喷发,并存在着雪崩的潜在可能性,”灾难救援机构星期日晚间通过Twitter说。

危地马拉总统Jimmy Morales表示,他将发表紧急状态声明,得到国会的批准,并敦促平民听取紧急官员的警告。

上个月中美洲国家将大使馆迁至耶路撒冷后,以色列和瓜地马拉最近经历了一次重大的关系升温。

“瓜地马拉在美国两天后开放驻耶路撒冷大使馆并不是巧合。“你总是第一个,”总理本雅明·内塔尼亚胡在开幕式上说。

瓜地马拉在1948支持以色列国的创建,是继美国之后第二个承认它的国家。“我们记得我们的朋友,瓜地马拉是我们的朋友,然后,现在,”内塔尼亚胡说。

总理说:“尽管我们的目标和价值观相差甚远,但我们有着如此多的目标和价值观。”他说,他将以实际的方式推进双边关系。

美联社促成了这份报告。

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