An Israeli military medical aid team of about 50 doctors and nurses left for Japan Saturday to treat survivors of the March 11 devastating earthquake and tsunami.
The team will be based in Kurihara, Miyagi Prefecture, and set up a clinic in the northeastern Japan prefecture’s Minamisanriku, one of the hardest-hit areas.
The team is expected to stay in Japan for about several weeks.
The unit will be the first foreign military medical personnel to operate in Japan since the disaster struck, according to the Japanese embassy in Tel Aviv.
A send-off ceremony was held for the delegation at the Nevatim Air Force Base in southern Israel.