Israeli relief team helps flood victims in Scotland
THE ISRAELI disaster relief team that flew to England last week to help flood victims in Yorkshire has now moved on to Scotland .
Five volunteers from the IsraAid agency were helping repair homes and distributing blankets and food in the Leeds area.
Theythenheadednorthof theborder after a member of the Jewish community in Aberdeen asked them for help.
Parts of the city in north-east Scotland have been badly affected by storm-force winds and heavy rainfall, with rivers bursting their banks and homes and businesses inundated.
Debby Taylor of the Aberdeen Hebrew Congregation said she was “amazed by the work the Israelis were doing in Leeds”.
She said: “These are people who respond to global disasters, they help Syrians, and they are elite humanitarians. They know what they are doing and have all that experience to offer. I thought it was amazing.”
The aid workers travelled up to Scotland at the beginning of the week.
Team leader Miki Noam Alon, 32, said: “We have just got here and are talking to local agencies and authorities about where we can help.
“We are trying to help people without insurance first with clearing debris and providing another pair of hands.”
Mr Alon said the reaction his team has received from people in the UK was “very warm”.