Firefighting planes from Greece and Cyprus arrive in Israel

Following Israel’s plea for aid in efforts to extinguish hundreds of fires that have broken out throughout the country over the past few days, Greece, Cyprus, Croatia and Russia decided to come to the rescue. Italy also offered to provide firefighting forces without being asked and is expected to send the aid.
Cyprus sending aid to Israel Photo Credit: Israel Police Spokesperson/Channel 2 News

As reported by JOL over the past few days, enormous numbers of Israel Fire and Rescue Service forces are incessantly working in an effort to contain hundreds of fires that have broken out throughout Israel. As a result of the largescale tragedy, Israel requested aid from several foreign countries. Russia, Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Croatia have agreed to assist.

In total, eight firefighting planes capable of transporting at least 10 tons of fire retardant will be arriving in Israel. Earlier this morning (Thursday), firefighting planes from Greece and Cyprus landed in Israel.

At some point during the day, Israel is anticipating the large Brave 200 Russian plane to land. This type of plane, which can land on water and carry 12 tons of fire retardant, was sent to Israel as aid during the Carmel Forest Fires six years ago. However, it is much smaller than the American Evergereen 747 Supertanker that can carry 95 tons of cargo.

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Photo Credit: Israel Police Spokesperson/Channel 2 News

Furthermore, Italy offered to help Israel without being asked and is also expected to send firefighting planes. Israel Homeland Security Minister Gilad Erdan approved the aid following an advisory meeting with professionals and other such officials within the Israeli government.


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