Tehran delegation to tsunami-stricken area cooperates unexpectedly with ZAKA team in giving out food, medicine to locals. Iranian volunteer: 'We are cousins'
An unusual cooperation amidst Japanese catastrophe: An Israeli team of 12 ZAKA (Disaster Victim Identification) volunteers sent to Japan to help out with rescue efforts worked alongside an unlikely team on Sunday – the official Iranian delegation.
This strange joint effort took place in the city of Kamaishi, which was hit badly by the quake and tsunami. The ZAKA team arrived to assist locals rescue and identify bodies buried in the wreckage and to take note of the Japanese disaster in case a similar one was to happen in Israel.
"The Japanese welcomed us very nicely. They hug us wherever we go and thank us for Israeli aid," said ZAKA Chairman and delegation head Yehuda Meshi-Zahav.
In Kamaishi, ZAKA volunteers were able to rescue seven bodies belonging to one family that was buried under the rubble. They also assisted in the identification of the dead. The Israeli team taught the locals to spot crows and explained that, from their experience, dead bodies can be found where crows hover.
"They took us to a hangar containing about 100 unidentified bodies and requested that we help them. We've gained a lot of experience identifying bodies after the tsunami in Thailand, and here the bodies' condition was similar so we were able to help out," Meshi-Zahav explained.
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