IAI delivers oxygen concentrators, Covid relief material to India


India Covid Relief Material: Israel’s state owned defence and aviation giant Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has delivered hundreds of oxygen concentrators to India, to support the country’s fight against the second Covid wave, the company said on Monday.

In addition, IAI responded promptly to India and the Israeli Embassy in India’s request to fly the remains of Soumya Santhosh, back to her hometown in Kochi, India.

Indian nurse Soumya Santosh was killed in a rocket fired from Gaza last week.

“Ms. Santhosh was a devoted caregiver to an Israeli elderly, and was killed by rocket fired from the Gaza Strip in to the State of Israel, earlier this week,” IAI said in a statement sent to Defence Star.  

The Israeli defence giant said Soumya Santhosh’s remains were dispatched on the same flight along with humanitarian aid sent to help India through the COVID-19 crisis.

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IAI India Covid Relief Material Oxygen Concentrators.

IAI staff at Ben-Gurion Air Port.

Boaz Levy, IAI’s President and CEO, said: “Through these difficult times, on both sides, in India and Israel, we felt the need to support our friends and partners during the COVID-19 crisis.”

Boaz Levy said as the company was packing the oxygen aid to be shipped to India, the company, unfortunately, heard that an Indian nurse Soumya Santhosh had been killed by rockets shot from Gaza into the State of Israel and were able to send her remains back to her home country.

“We are closely following the health crisis in India and hoping for a swift recovery. IAI wishes India blessings for good health, peace and prosperity,” he added.

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The Israeli defence giant has been working with Indian government, defense industries and armed forces for more than three decades as a part of its strategic cooperation with the Indian Navy, Air Force, Army and Coast Guard.

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