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International Fire-fighting Aid Coming to Israel

December 3, 2010
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The Jerusalem Post reported that assistance is also set to come from Britain, Russia, Egypt, Azerbaijan, Romania, Jordan and Bulgaria. The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement on their Web site that they are “in contact with almost all European countries, and with Middle Eastern states regarding assistance in extinguishing the blaze. A number of nations have sent fire-fighting aircraft as well as equipment and supplies to help control the flames.”

The firefighting efforts have also expanded beyond the fire department in Israel to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). The Israeli army said in a press statement that IDF fire trucks have been involved, along with search and rescue teams, paramedics and more. The Homefront Command also has worked to deal with hazardous materials at the scene.

In his comments, Netanyahu noted the significance of the fire, saying that “it is by no means certain that the fire will be extinguished immediately; it will take time.”  However, he expressed confidence that they can work through it. “This is a national event, a major disaster, but we are dealing with it and we are in control of it…I think that together, we will surmount this.”

Netanyahu also expressed his support for those who are suffering. Said the Israeli leader, “Good people, men and women, have shown tremendous strength and heroism. People sacrificed themselves to save others. I would like to say to the families, who are now dealing with the personal catastrophes that have befallen them, we support you and are with you.”

Posted on December 3, 2010

Source: (By Joshua Spurlock, BFP Israel Mosaic Raido, December 2, 2010)

Photo Credit: Photo by Isranet

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