Israel sends $1.5 million in aid to China for earthquake relief
By The Associated Press
Tags: Israel, china, earthquake
Israel has sent a plane full of humanitarian supplies to China to help victims of a 7.8-magnitude earthquake last month.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Arye Mekel said the plane was on its way to southern China carrying clothing, medical supplies, generators and tents for victims of the May 12 earthquake. Mekel estimated the shipment was worth $1.5 million and said it was due to arrive in China later Sunday.
According to Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, "This is the minimum that the State of Israel can do in order to express the friendship between Israel and the Chinese people."
The earthquake left at least 62,664 people dead and an estimated 5 million homeless.