Guatemala volcano: At least 72 dead; more than 190 people are missing

PM Netanyahu spoke with Guatemala President Jimmy Morales Cabrera in wake of the volcano disaster  and conveyed his condolences, as well as those of the Israeli people, and offered all medical and logistical assistance from Israel.

An Israeli medical team will fly to Guatemala ASAP.

At least 192 people are missing and 75 are dead as a result of the explosion of the Fuego volcano in Guatemala on Sunday, officials say.

Villages on the slopes were buried in volcanic ash and mud.

Rescue work on Tuesday was disrupted when a new eruption sent hot gas and molten rock streaming down the volcano’s south side.

More than 1.7 million people have been affected by Sunday’s eruption, with more than 3,000 evacuated.

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Israel’s Foreign Ministry says Monday it extended the assistance through its embassy in Guatemala and that a further assessment will be held with local authorities later.

Israel and Guatemala have grown increasingly close in recent years. Last month, Guatemala followed the US by moving its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, becoming the second country to do so.

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