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Russia Sends Aid Planes to Quake-hit Haiti

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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.

(Xinhua News Agency January 14, 2010)