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Israel to send two firefighting planes to battle raging wildfires in Greece

An Israeli Air Force plane carrying equipment for the delegation of Israeli firefighters already in the country will also be dispatched.

An Israeli firefighting plane battles a large forest fire near Neve Ilan, near Jerusalem, June 9, 2021. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.
An Israeli firefighting plane battles a large forest fire near Neve Ilan, near Jerusalem, June 9, 2021. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Israel will dispatch two firefighting aircraft to Greece to help combat wildfires Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis described on Monday as “a natural disaster of unprecedented proportions.” Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett informed Kyriakos of the move on Monday, according to a statement from Bennett’s office.

An Israeli Air Force plane carrying equipment for the delegation of Israeli firefighters that traveled to Greece on Friday will join the two firefighting planes, the statement said.

The Government of Israel would continue to render all possible assistance in dealing with the wildfires and would stand by the Greek people however it could, said Bennett. All Israelis wished for quieter and better days in Greece, he added.

Mitsotakis thanked Bennett for the assistance, and the two agreed to remain in regular contact and to continue the cooperation between the two countries.

Monday marked the seventh day a huge conflagration has raged on Greece’s second-largest island, Evia, blocking out the sun and turning the sky orange, according to AP.

The Evia fires are the most severe of hundreds that have broken out in Greece over the past week following the worst heatwave to hit the country in decades, AP reported.

The Israeli assistance, worth 3.5 million shekels (about $1 million) was put together by the Prime Minister’s Office in cooperation with the ministries of finance, defense, foreign affairs and public security.

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