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|Special in Uniform IDF soldiers prepare packets of medical supplies for a field hospital in Nepal's capital Kathmandu.|
Soon, the packets -- boxes and boxes of them -- will be shipped off to earthquake-ravaged Nepal, where the IDF's first humanitarian mission aircraft landed Monday night to assist in search and rescue and set up a field hospital to help treat the thousands injured since a deadly quake struck Kathmandu Saturday.
The IDF will rely on the kits assembled by some of these soldiers to help Nepal recover from the worst earthquake to hit the country in the past 80 years. As of Tuesday, the death toll had topped 4,300.
Forty-one of them belong to the IDF's Home Front Command unit (Pikud Ha'Oref), which specializes in civilian protection in times of crisis or war and includes an advanced search-and-rescue brigade.These 41 soldiers have spent the last two days, virtually nonstop, packaging supplies for Nepal.
Israelis outside the IDF are doing their part to help Nepal as well.
The JNF-supported AICAT - Arava International Center for Agricultural Training has also sent a delegation of volunteers to Nepal, including two members of the Arava Search & Rescue Team. AICAT students hail from around the globe, with graduates from Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Tibet, Ethiopia, Liberia, Nigeria, South Sudan, and Nepal. The volunteers aiding in Nepal will assist in an area of the country that at least some of AICAT's 160 Nepalese students call home.