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The Daily TIP: After Deadly Quake, Israel Sends Rescue Teams to Mexico

Posted by Tip Staff - September 20, 2017

After Deadly Quake, Israel Sends Rescue Teams to Mexico
U.S. Admiral: Iran Keeping Yemeni Rebels Armed with Increasingly Powerful Weapons
Hamas Prosecutes Journalist for Exposing Corruption in Gaza
Israeli Company Develops Germ-Killing Cotton for Use in Hospitals

After Deadly Quake, Israel Sends Rescue Teams to Mexico

An IDF delegation of 50 soldiers from the Home Front Command is departing for Mexico on Wednesday to aid in the earthquake relief efforts, an army spokesperson said.

The Times of Israel reported that the IDF personnel will help evaluate the damage in the disaster zone, after a large earthquake devastated portions of the country. The delegation includes search and rescue and other military personnel. No field hospital is currently being set up, but an IDF spokesperson said such step might be taken in the future.

At least 248 people were killed when a powerful earthquake of magnitude 7.1 on Richter scale struck Mexico on Tuesday, causing serious damage to property. The casualties included at least 21 children, who were crushed beneath an elementary school that was reduced to rubble.

On Tuesday night, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office offered condolences and confirmed Israel had responded to a request for aid from the Mexican government. “Netanyahu ordered that aid and a search and rescue operation be organized to leave to Mexico as soon as possible,” his office said.

The Israeli delegation is led by Dudi Mizrahi, the head of the IDF’s search and rescue unit, who will also supervise the engineers on the team. “They will help surveying buildings. Which structure can people go into, which structures need to be torn down,” an army spokesperson said.

Israel is often among the first countries to send aid and trained personnel to disaster zones hit by natural catastrophes.

U.S. Admiral: Iran Keeping Yemeni Rebels Armed with Increasingly Powerful Weapons

A United States admiral said that Iran is smuggling increasingly sophisticated weapons to Yemen's Houthi rebels threatening Saudi Arabia, The New York Times reported Tuesday.

According to Vice Adm. Kevin Donegan, who headed the U.S. Navy's Fifth Fleet which operates in the Middle East, Iran is arming the Houthis with what the Times described as "an increasingly potent arsenal of anti-ship and ballistic missiles, deadly sea mines and even explosive boats that have attacked allied ships in the Red Sea or Saudi territory across Yemen’s northern border."

“These types of weapons did not exist in Yemen before the conflict,” Donegan observed. “It’s not rocket science to conclude that the Houthis are getting not only these systems but likely training and advice and assistance in how to use them.”

Donegan's accusation is consistent with the findings of Conflict Armament Research (CAR), a British organization that studies the transfer of weapons around the world, published in December of last year that explained that weapons seized from smugglers indicate "the existence of a weapon pipeline extending from Iran to Somalia and Yemen, which involves the transfer, by dhow, of significant quantities of Iranian-manufactured weapons and weapons that plausibly derive from Iranian stockpiles."

In October 2016, an Iranian diplomat admitted to Reuters that there had been a “sharp surge in Iran’s help to the Houthis in Yemen” during the previous five months. “The nuclear deal gave Iran an upper hand in its rivalry with Saudi Arabia, but it needs to be preserved,” he added.

Hamas Prosecutes Journalist for Exposing Corruption in Gaza

A Palestinian journalist who exposed corruption in the Gaza Strip was prosecuted by Hamas, the terrorist group that governs the enclave, veteran Palestinian affairs correspondent Khaled Abu Toameh reported Monday.

In June 2016, Hajer Harb reported that Hamas and the Palestinian Authority extorted Palestinians seeking medical care in Israel, Europe and elsewhere in the Arab world. Both Hamas and the PA, along with doctors who collaborated with them, demanded bribes from Palestinian patients seeking permits for better medical treatment. The report charged that those who didn't pay the bribes were "left to die in understaffed and under-equipped Palestinian hospitals."

The leader of the PA and Hamas were furious with the investigative report that exposed what some Palestinians referred to as the "mafia of destruction."

After Harb's report was published, Hamas official called her for an interrogation but she refused to reveal her sources without a court order.

Ironcially, Abu Toameh reported that Harb herself required a permit to seek medical treatment for cancer in Jordan.

While she was abroad, she was sentenced by a Hamas court to six months in prison and fined 1000 shekels ($250). If and when Harb returns to Gaza she will be arrested and jailed.

"The court verdict passed on Hajer Harb, and the ongoing punitive measures against Palestinian journalists in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, serve as yet another reminder that Hamas and the Palestinian Authority have no respect for freedom of expression and media freedoms," Abu Toameh wrote.

Israeli Company Develops Germ-Killing Cotton for Use in Hospitals

The constant intensifying battle against viruses and antibiotic-resistant “superbugs” isn’t only about finding stronger drugs against infection, but about preventing infections in the first place.

That’s why large companies such as Carrefour and a Far East luxury hotel chain are looking at unique germ-vanquishing textiles invented by Jerusalem’s Argaman Technologies and manufactured inside its custom-built factory.

Carrefour Group, a French-based superstore chain with 12,000 retail stores in 30 countries, is testing Argaman’s CottonX---billed as the world’s first bio-inhibitive 100 percent cotton---in a line of uniforms dubbed “The Uniform that Cares.”

On a tour of the Argaman factory, textile engineer Jeff Gabbay, founder and CEO of Argaman and inventor of CottonX, showed where enhanced copper-oxide particles are ultrasonically and permanently blasted into cotton fibers using an environmentally friendly technique.

Ninety-nine percent of bacteria and viruses are killed within seconds of coming into contact with copper oxide, and bacteria cannot become resistant to copper oxide as they do to antibiotics, Gabbay explained.

Hospital-acquired infections cost US hospitals about $25 billion annually. A trial by the US Centers for Disease Control has recently been completed, checking the effectiveness CottonX sheets, pillowcases, and pajamas to reduce hospital-acquired infections. Results will be published soon.

(via Israel21c)

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