Russia sends aid planes to quake-hit Haiti

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MOSCOW, Jan. 14 (Xinhua) -- Three Russian aircraft carrying rescuers, supplies and equipment including a mobile hospital left for quake-stricken Haiti on Thursday, the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry said.

The third plane, took off from the Ramenskoye airport near Moscow, will deliver an airmobile hospital and a group of doctors and rescue workers, a ministry spokesperson was quoted as saying by Russian news agencies.

The emergencies ministry said the hospital has beds for up to 50 patients and is entirely self-sufficient.

Two Russian airplanes with rescuers, sniffer dog teams and emergency vehicles on board had earlier headed to Haiti.

A 7.3-magnitude earthquake jolted Haiti on Tuesday, crushing thousands of buildings, including the presidential palace and the UN peacekeeping headquarters. Over 100,000 people are feared dead in the disaster.

Editor: Zhang Xiang