Foreign Ministry denies report that United Hatzalah team sent to provide disaster relief to Turkey left early following a verified security threat

IDF to conclude Operation Olive Branch after saving 19 lives in Turkey
February 12, 2023

Israel’s Operation Olive Branch delegation will conclude its rescue operations in Turkey and return to Israel in the coming days, according to a Sunday statement from the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit.  The IDF delegation thus far has been able to rescue a total of 19 people trapped in the rubble in the aftermath of Turkey’s recent devastating earthquake that has already claimed the lives of over 25,000 people…”We knew that there was a certain level of risk in sending our team to this area of Turkey, which is close to the Syrian border, but we took the necessary steps in order to mitigate the threat for the sake of our lifesaving mission,” United Hatzalah vice president of operations Dov Maisel explained. READ MORE

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