Is­rael send­ing aid to Sierra Leone fol­low­ing deadly flood­ing and land­slide

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(JNS.org) Is­raeli Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu has in­structed his gov­ern­ment to send emer­gency hu­man­i­tar­ian aid to Sierra Leone fol­low­ing a deadly flood and land­slide that has killed hun­dreds.

“The prime min­is­ter has or­dered the For­eign Min­istry to ex­tend aid to Sierra Leone in any way and as soon as pos­si­ble,” the Is­raeli Prime Min­is­ter’s Of­fice said.

While Is­rael does not have an em­bassy in Sierra Leone, Ne­tanyahu’s of­fice said Is­rael will send medicine, clean wa­ter, blan­kets and other items through its em­bassy in Sene­gal.

Re­ports from the In­ter­na­tional Red Cross in­di­cate that at least 312 peo­ple have been killed and more than 2,000 have been left home­less in flood­ing and mud­slides near Sierra Leone’s cap­i­tal of Free­town.

Is­rael has been de­vel­op­ing closer re­la­tions with sev­eral West African coun­tries, in­clud­ing Sierra Leone. The coun­try’s Pres­i­dent Ernest Bai Koroma vis­ited Is­rael in Jan­uary.

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