IDF Humanitarian Aid Team Heads To Albania Following Earthquake That Killed More Than 50


An Israel Defense Forces emergency humanitarian aid delegation has left for Albania following the 6.4-magnitude earthquake that devastated the country on Nov. 26, the IDF announced on Tuesday.

“We just dispatched an IDF humanitarian aid delegation to Albania following the devastating earthquake that took 50+ lives and left thousands injured,” the military posted on the official IDF Twitter feed, adding the hashtag “#IDFinAlbania.”

The Israeli team will join disaster experts from the United States, France, Italy, Greece, Romania, Turkey and Serbia.

The 10-member IDF team will focus on determining the structural soundness of the buildings still standing after the natural disaster, and is led by Israel’s Home Front Command and supported by the Israeli Foreign Ministry.

Authorities have estimated that 7,900 buildings have been damaged throughout Albania by the quake, with some 6,000 people having been left homeless. An estimated 1.9 million people have been affected by the quake.

Israel sent humanitarian aid teams to Haiti in 2010, Nepal in 2015, Mexico in 2017 and Brazil following the Minais Gerais dam collapse earlier this year.

Though Albania is a Muslim-majority country, it maintains good diplomatic relations with Israel, having established formal ties in 1991.




  1. Predominantly Muslim Albania had a Jewish population of just 200 when Hitler took power in Germany in 1933. It had a Jewish population of 600 at the end of the war. Only five Albanian Jews, all belonging to the same family, lost their lives during the Holocaust.

    Besides protecting Jews in Albania, Albanians also offered refuge to hundreds of Jews from other parts of the continent, especially from Nazi-occupied Yugoslavia.

    We owe them Hakaras Hatov.


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