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Greek assistance for wildfires in Israel

Friday, 03 December 2010

A large wildfire broke out today in a forested area near Haifa, Israel, and spread quickly due to prevailing weather conditions. At this time, the Israeli authorities have announced that at least 40 people have lost their lives, with many more injured. The fronts of the wildfire have not yet been brought under control.

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu conferred by telephone with Prime Minister Papandreou, who expressed his support and Greece’s readiness to assist Israeli firefighting forces in putting out the fire. Following relevant consultations, the two sides agreed on Greece’s sending 4 CANADAIR firefighting aircraft that will depart for Israel today to join the operational planning of Israeli forces as soon as possible.