Israeli soldiers unload food and water at Ben Gurion Airport ahead of airlift to Philippines
Israeli soldiers unload food and water at Ben Gurion Airport ahead of airlift to Philippines Photo by AFP
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Israeli soldiers ahead of airlift at Ben Gurion international airport, Nov 13, 2013. Photo by Reuters
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Israeli soldiers unload food and water at Ben Gurion Airport ahead of airlift to Philipinnes, Nov 13, 2013 Photo by AFP

A team of Israeli soldiers prepared to board a plane Wednesday to the Philippines as part of a humanitarian aid delegation to the typhoon-stricken country, in which 1,774 have already been confirmed dead.

The Israeli military dispatched a small team of rescue experts on Sunday night to the "determine the best rapid response the IDF can provide."

An Israeli military spokesperson announced Tuesday night that Wednesday's airlift comprises two planes carrying around 100 tons of supplies and 148 personnel from search and rescue units of the Home Front Command, and personnel from the medical corps.

They are scheduled to leave Wednesday evening to provide aid to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban city, central Philippines.