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Israel Sends Planes to Battle Cyprus Fire

Fire on Cyprus, June 21, 2016 (Photo: IDF spokesman)

When nations around the world need aid, Israel is often one of the first to respond. This is again the case, reports The Times of Israel's Raoul Wootliff, as the IDF helps battle massive wildfires raging on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus:

After dispatching three firefighting planes on Saturday, Israel has sent additional help to Cyprus as it struggles to put out a massive wildfire still raging in its territory.

The IDF sent two planes Monday morning to the Mediterranean island to aid local fire services struggling to control the blaze near the village of Argaka in the Paphos region. Firefighters had managed to contain the fire, which burned over five square kilometers of vegetation, but heavy winds have bolstered the blaze over the last day.

Local reports said the fire was the biggest Cyprus has seen in recent years.

The army said in a statement it would “continue to provide assistance and knowledge it has acquired in dealing with this sort of fire.”

“Last night I ordered that three of our firefighting aircraft, out of our fleet of 13 or 14, be sent to help them, and the planes are now in Cyprus. This is part of the regional arrangement we have made with Cyprus and Greece about emergency assistance. I am pleased that we are able to extend this assistance,” Netanyahu said...

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