As countries worldwide pour in to help people affected by the disaster left in the Philippines by typhoon Haiyan, Israel has sent experts trained in search, rescue and medicine to assist with the relief effort.
The IDF team of expert rescuers set out to form an assessment of the situation and determine the best response.
The category five storm packing up to 275 kilometre winds slammed into six islands leaving as many as 10,000 people dead and a trail of destruction in its wake.
Humanitarian agency IsraAid says it plans to send a team of medical and trauma experts to assist as fears grow in the country about the contamination of the water supply and overcrowding of makeshift camps.
The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee has announced it would also collect funds to help those displaced. Chief Executive Officer Alan Gill said that helping was "poignant", "given the Philippines' life-saving actions during World War II, when the country offered safe haven to more than 1,000 Jewish refugees fleeing the Nazi onslaught".