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Israel sends generators to Papua New Guinea after deadly earthquake

Papua New Guinea’s Prime Minister Peter O’Neall thanks Israel for its support, saying “we look forward to further cooperation and the enhancement of the close ties between our countries and our peoples.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with Papua New Guinea's prime minister Peter O'Neill in an Oct. 15, 2013 in Jerusalem. Photo by Kobi Gideon/GPO/FLASH90
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with Papua New Guinea's prime minister Peter O'Neill in an Oct. 15, 2013 in Jerusalem. Photo by Kobi Gideon/GPO/FLASH90

In the wake of a devastating earthquake in Papua New Guinea, Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs  Agency for International Development Cooperation has delivered 40 electricity generators to affected communities there.

The generators were delivered on March 8 by Yaron Sultan-Dadon, Pacific Islands adviser at the Israeli Embassy in Australia.

A 7.5 magnitude earthquake on Feb. 26 left 100 people dead and cut off electricity to 150,000 residents. Israel was one of the first countries to send aid.

Then on March 8, the country was rocked by a 6.8 magnitude aftershock.

Papua New Guinea’s Prime Minister Peter O’Neall thanked Israel for its friendship and support.

“Relations between Papua New Guinea and the State of Israel are strong, and our government and the people of PNG appreciate the support and friendship of Israel during these challenging times,” he said.  “We look forward to further cooperation and the enhancement of the close ties between our countries and our peoples.”

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