IDF in Japan 311.
(photo credit: IDF Spokesman)
Dr. Ofer Merin, deputy director of Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center, is
in Japan with colleagues on an IDF medical mission to help victims of the
tsunami and earthquake that devastated much of the country last
After a 14-hour flight and seven-hour drive, Merin said the
mission was able to set up a much-needed field hospital in northern
Merin said he traveled to a small village, called Minemisannko,
which looks as if it had been struck by an “atomic bomb.” Half the 17,000
residents died in the tsunami, he said. Even the mayor was injured and pleaded
for help, which he said the team provided.
The IDF medical team brought
the first ultrasound on site to examine pregnant women.
The Shaare Zedek
doctor said the victims are very grateful for the medical help being
Merin, who was with the IDF’s rescue team in Haiti, said the
current mission is very different, with a much different culture. He added that
each member of his team is examined for radiation exposure twice daily, and that
none has been discovered.