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International medical teams head for Iran to help with quake relief efforts

Medicines Sans Frontieres team to head for Bam, southeast Iran
Paris, Dec 27, IRNA -- The Paris-based medical charity Medicines Sans Frontieres (MSF) will send on Sunday a team of its medical doctors to the city of Bam, southeast Iran.

A team of medical doctors of MSF, along with medical and surgical equipment, will head for Iran, announced the MSF.

Members of the MSF will also assess the demands of quake-stricken people in Bam in the southeastern province of Kerman.

French Red Crescent to send rescue team to Iran
Paris, Dec 27, IRNA -- The French Red Crescent announced Saturday it will send a rescue team to Iran following the earthquake in the city of Bam, southeastern Iran.

The French Red crescent in a statement called for all-out aid of French people to Iran's quake-stricken people, adding it is ready to collect cash and other aid from the people of France.

"This organization will send its aid for the people of Bam, under the Europe-Mediterranean Aid Network," said the statement.

ICRC sends relief items for disaster of Bam
Tehran, Dec 27, IRNA -- The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) expressed its deepest sorrow and sympathy to all Iranians for Bam deadly earthquake.

The Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) made an international appeal through the International Federation of Red Cross Red Crescent Societies.

On the IRCS's request, ICRC, having emergency relief stock in the country destined to its Iraq operation, will start already today sending the most urgently needed items such as blankets, tents, Kerosene heats and family food parcels.

The goods will be sent from ICRC's Kermanshah's logistics base to Bam. The trucks will start the trip, which is over 1,000km this afternoon and are expected to arrive in Bam tomorrow afternoon.

The ICRC will remain in close contact with the IRCS leadership in order to respond to any additional request based on the IRCS ongoing assessment of the tragedy in Bam.

German medical team en route to Bam killer quake region
Berlin, Dec 27, IRNA -- A German medical team departed Saturday from Frankfurt to the southeastern Iranian city of Bam, in an effort to provide medical assistance to the survivors of the killer earthquake, DPA reported.

The team, headed by three volunteer doctors, has also airlifted medical supplies to Bam to treat up to 3,000 injured people. There are plans to send additional medical teams to the Bam region over the coming days.

One of the first countries to assist in the Bam earthquake relief program, Germany has already sent rescue teams and equipment, sniffer dogs, mobile drinking water treatment plants, tents, blankets and winter clothes to the crisis region.

Meanwhile the German Foreign Ministry has set up a crisis center in Iran and has also allocated 500,000 euros in emergency relief.

No visas needed for foreign relief workers
Tehran, Dec 27, IRNA -- Interior Ministry spokesman Jahanbakhsh Khanjani said foreign relief workers arriving in the country to help the survivors of the killer quake in Bam do not need visas.

According to the approval of the Natural Disasters Headquarters, the Kerman International Airport is chosen to receive foreign aid, he said, adding the airport will provide 24-hour services.

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