Israel sends medicine to Greece for Syrian, Afghan refugees

Marcy Oster

ATHENS, Greece (JTA) – Israel has sent medical assistance to Greece to help deal with the flood of migrants and refugees who have been landing on the Greek Islands.

Israel sent 1.5 tons of medication by air shipment to the Greek Ministry of Health, which will disburse them at the various refugee aid centers, the Israeli Embassy in Athens said.

More than 50,000 refugees and migrants arrived in Greece last month, most of them from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan.

Greece, which is already suffering from a massive economic recession, has struggled to deal with the massive human influx.

Teams from the Israeli nongovernmental aid agency IsraAid also have been operating in Greece since September, providing medical and psychological assistance to the refugees.

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