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.