Some Israeli rescuers depart Turkey over safety fears, as locals fume at government

February 12, 2023

A delegation from the United Hatzalah emergency response organization to Turkey is cutting short its mission and returning to Israel early over security concerns, the group said Sunday. On Saturday, Austrian military and German civilian rescue workers suspended their search operations in Turkey, in nearby Hatay, due to a worsening security situation, their representatives said. The United Hatzalah team, which set out for Turkey last Tuesday, assisted in 15 successful rescue operations, including three in which children were pulled from the rubble. An Israeli military delegation will remain in Turkey, outside Marash, to operate a field hospital, which has already treated hundreds of people injured in the earthquakes. AdvertisementThe United Hatzalah team flew back to Israel on Sunday morning.