IDF aid delegation to Albania completes mission to secure buildings after deadly earthquake
An IDF aid delegation of 10 officers and engineers which had been sent to Albania to secure buildings, schools and hospitals hit by a deadly earthquake two weeks ago, returned home to Israel after completing its mission.
The Israeli engineers were among foreign volunteers working to determine whether some buildings are safe in the aftermath of the 6.4-magnitude earthquake that struck on Nov. 26, killing 51 people and injuring more than 3,000.
More than 11,000 buildings were damaged and as many as 13,000 people left homeless.
“Our aid delegation to Albania has completed its mission and returned home to Israel. 1,600 Albanian families can now return to their homes as a result of IDF operations to secure buildings, schools and hospitals hit by the earthquake two weeks ago. Mission Accomplished”, the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit tweeted.
IDF: Being able to send an aid delegation to help the people of Albania after an earthquake, has a much greater meaning to the people of Israel than what one would initially think. Here’s why:
Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama on Monday publicly hailed Israeli engineers who helped the country following the deadly earthquake.
During a visit to Durrës, Rama told a resident who was fearful of entering his apartment building that he could trust the assessment of the Israeli engineers.
“They are from Israel and they are No. 1,” Rama said. “The engineer says that after the catastrophe you should kiss your home because it has resisted [the earthquake] and has protected you.”
Later Monday, Rama in a video message sent to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked Israel for its support while surrounded by the 10 Israeli active duty and reserve soldiers.
“Bibi, shalom from Durrës. We’re here with your fantastic guys. They are doing a great job in calming the people and telling them how to be resilient,” Rama said.