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After two weeks of life saving efforts, the Israeli team in Haiti is scheduled to return home.  The decision came following the arrival of additional aid forces to Haiti, including the United States military and other, civilian aid, who are now providing regular medical services. Furthermore, many of the local hospitals have reached a sufficient level of functionality.

In the past day, the medical staff at the Israeli field hospital, started transferring patients to the hospital, and on Tuesday they will stop receiving new cases. While the manpower is leaving Haiti, most of the equipment brought by the delegation will remain behind for use by the various medical personnel, including tents, medications and other medical equipment.

During their stay in Haiti, the delegation treated more than 960 patients, conducted 294 successful surgeries, delivered 16 births including three in cesarean sections and saved many from within the ruins. During the weekend, the Israeli team manged to save a 22 year old from the ruins after being buried for 11 days. The man was brought to the hospital and he is now in stable condition

Watch the rescue:

As news of the earthquake in Haiti started to emerge, the Israeli government immediately began to make plans to send a delegation to aid in the relief efforts.

“Our decision to immediately dispatch a large delegation of doctors, nurses, medics, rescue forces as well as drugs and medical equipment to Haiti expresses the deep values which have characterized the Jewish people and the State of Israel throughout history,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.

On Friday, two Israeli jets carrying nearly 10 tons of medical equipment, doctors, nurses, medics, police forces and an elite search and rescue team landed in Haiti. The 220-person delegation is led by Brig. Gen. Shalom Ben-Aryeh (Res.), the commander of the Home Front Command’s National Search and Rescue Unit.

The IDF’s chief medical officer, Brig. Gen. Nachman Esh, said that while the field hospital will largely treat trauma patients, similar to those encountered in a war, specialists in various other fields have also been sent.

Thus far, the Israeli search and rescue units have rescued 70 people from beneath the rubble.

In addition to deploying search and rescue units to find survivors, Israel established a field hospital that includes 40 doctors, 24 nurses, medics, paramedics, x-ray equipment and personnel, a pharmacy, an emergency room, two surgery rooms, an incubation ward, a children’s ward, a maternity ward, and more. The field hospital is capable of treating nearly 500 victims per day and performing initial surgeries.

“We expect to have to deal mainly with trauma cases, but when we arrive there, we also expect to encounter the secondary wave of infections and diseases, as well as the routine cases that the local hospitals would usually deal with,” Brig. Gen. Esh said.

To see a special report on CNN about the Israeli Field Hospital, click here.

To see how the Israeli Field Hospital saved the lives of a newborn baby and its mother, watch this ABC Special.

To view the latest directly from the Israeli delegation in Haiti, click here.

Israeli delegation members preparing Jan. 14 for their departure to Haiti

As the events in Haiti unfold and the pictures make their way across the globe, it is impossible not to be profoundly moved. We are all deeply saddened by the loss of life and our hearts and prayers go out to the Haitian people. As the poorest country in the western hemisphere, Haiti needs the full support of the international community to provide food, water and medical treatment for the millions affected by this disaster.

Even as far away as Israel, the news has shocked our conscious. The State of Israel is striving to do everything it can to contribute to the rescue and recovery efforts. In this time of great need, countries big and small from all corners of the world are coming together for the people of Haiti.

Later tonight, 2 IDF cargo planes will depart for Haiti carrying medical and rescue specialists. The IDF delegation will construct a field hospital in the disaster area that will include 220 personnel. The hospital will be able to provide care for approximately 500 patients each day, including those in need of immediate surgery.

The Home Front command forces will include 30 rescue workers, task force intelligence, logistics forces and a communications department, in addition to search and rescue and population aid experts from the Home Front Commands Search and Rescue Unit.

We hope that with every country providing what they can, it will be enough to ensure that the worst has already passed for the Haitian people.

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