Israel dispatches rescuers to Turkey after earthquake

Israel's Foreign Ministry said there were no reports of any missing Israelis.

The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee sent thousands of sleeping bags, blankets and other supplies for quake victims.

An Israel Defense Force official, Col. Shalom Ben Aryeh, told Israel Radio over the weekend that Israeli crews working in the city of Duzce had made contact with at least one survivor trapped in the rubble.

"There are dozens of collapsed buildings," Ben Aryeh said.

He said that unlike the Aug. 17 earthquake, when Turkish authorities were criticized for responding slowly, the "Turkish army is helping us immensely."

Despite the earthquake, Prime Minister Ehud Barak planned to take part in a security conference this week in Istanbul that will bring together members of NATO and the former Warsaw Pact.

President Clinton was also scheduled to attend the conference of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.