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Israelis enlisted for diaster reaction training role in NATO exercise

TEL AVIV — Israel has trained international emergency teams in a NATO exercise.


Officials said Israel's military and civilian agencies sent instructors to train more than 1,000 soldiers from NATO states and allies. They said the one-week exercise in Moldova was meant to enhance an international response to a disaster.

"This was the first time Israel played a training role in a NATO exercise," an official said.

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The 17 Israelis came from the military's Home Front Command as well as police, emergency services and health agencies. Officials said the NATO exercise included such scenarios as an earthquake and an aircraft crash.

NATO participants included Britain, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands and Turkey. Officials said the exercise was meant to enhance the capabilities of Moldova, a former Soviet republic.

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