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Brumadinho Dam collapse

An Israeli search and rescue team is set to leave for Brazil to help search for those missing following the collapse of a dam on Saturday, Jan. 26 in Brumadinho.

At least 40 people are dead and hundreds of others are missing in the wake of the disaster.

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Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke with Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro following the collapse of the dam to discuss what kind of aid was needed. The two leaders agreed an Israeli mission would leave for Brazil with rescue equipment within 24 hours, according to a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office.

“Prime Minister Netanyahu offered us help in the search for those missing in the disaster of the Brumadinho Dam. We have accepted and are thankful for this Israeli technology in the service of mankind,” Bolsonaro tweeted in response.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.