IDF rescues American woman from Mediterranean cruise ship after suffering heart attack

IDF rescue American woman from Mediterranean cruise ship after suffering heart attack. Image: StockStudio Aerials/

THE Israel Defence Force’s (IDF) Unit 669 was forced to rescue an elderly American woman from a cruise in the Mediterranean early on the morning of Thursday, October 13 following a suspected heart attack.

According to local media reports, the 70-year-old American citizen suffered a heart attack while drinking on a cruise ship in the Mediterranean.

The elderly woman was flown to Rambam Hospital in Haifa at around 4.30 am for further treatment, as reported by

The Israel Defence Force’s elite unit, which specialises in combat rescue and also operates beyond Israel’s borders, is also activated in civilian incidents when the civil emergency bodies are unable to provide an adequate response.

Earlier this year, the IDF claimed responsibility for the killing of Khaled Mansour, Islamic Jihad’s Southern Gaza Division Commander.

On Sunday, August 7, the IDF wrote on Twitter:

“This is Khaled Mansour,” Israel Defence Force wrote alongside a picture of Mansour.

“As the Islamic Jihad’s Southern Gaza Division Commander, he was responsible for dozens of terrorist attacks against Israeli civilians & soldiers.”

The Israel Defence Forces added: “Last night, he was targeted & killed by IDF aircraft.

“We will continue to act against any threat to Israel.”

On the same night, Israel Defence Force released footage of a misfiring rocket which killed children in Jabaliya in northern Gaza

The IDF wrote on Sunday, August 7: “Watch this failed rocket launch which killed children in Gaza. This barrage of rockets was fired by the Islamic Jihad terrorist organisation in Gaza last night. The rocket in the red circle misfired, killing Palestinian civilians—including children—in Jabaliya in northern Gaza.”

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Matthew Roscoe

Originally from the UK, Matthew is based on the Costa Blanca and is a web reporter for The Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news. Got a news story you want to share? Then get in touch at [email protected]


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