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PM Netanyahu: Battle to stop Carmel fire will be determined in the air

04 Dec

In this handout from the Israeli GPO, Israel's Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu flies over the Carmel Mountain fire on December 3, 2010 at Carmel Mountain fire near Tirat Hacarmel, Israel. Israeli firefighters battled against a fire in Northern Israel where at least 41 people were killed and 13, 000 residents evacuated in the country's worst ever forest blaze. (Photo by Moshe Milner/GPO via Getty Images)

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World responds to Prime Minister’s request for firefighting aircrafts; 21 aircrafts have arrived so far with more landing throughout the day.

December 04, 2010 (KATAKAMI / HAARETZ) — The battle to stop the fire will be determined in the air, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Saturday morning, referring to the firefighting aircrafts which have arrived from countries across the world in order to aid Israel as it fights to stop the worst wildfire in the country’s history.

“I am working in every way to quickly bring more firefighting aircrafts to Israel,” Netanyahu said referring to the efforts to stop the wildfire as an “air battle.”

The prime minister’s office and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs are continuing to be in contact with other countries to discuss bringing more firefighting aircrafts to Israel.

A wildfire burns on December 4, 2010 in Ein Hod, Israel. At least 41 people have been killed and more than 17, 000 residents evacuated as Northern Israel faces the country's worst ever forest blaze. International firefighting planes, equipment and personnel have arrived and are helping to tackle the blaze, that has already consumed over 2,800 hectares, following an urgent appeal for help. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)

As of Saturday morning, 21 firefighting aircrafts from different countries across the world had arrived in Israel. Of that number, 13 of them are currently in the air, working to contain the fire. The countries that have sent aircrafts to aid Israel include: Greece, who sent four aircrafts, Cyprus, which sent a plane and helicopter, Britain, which sent two helicopters, and Turkey, which sent two aircrafts.

Russia sent four aircrafts, one of which us the largest of its kind in the world, with the ability to hold up to 42,000 liters of water.The prime minister’s office and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs are continuing to be in contact with other countries to discuss bringing more firefighting aircrafts to Israel.

As of Saturday morning, 21 firefighting aircrafts from different countries across the world had arrived in Israel. Of that number, 13 of them are currently in the air, working to contain the fire. The countries that have sent aircrafts to aid Israel include: Greece, who sent four aircrafts, Cyprus, which sent a plane and helicopter, Britain, which sent two helicopters, and Turkey, which sent two aircrafts.

Russia sent four aircrafts, one of which us the largest of its kind in the world, with the ability to hold up to 42,000 liters of water.

Locals watch a firefighting plane spray fire extinguishing material over the wildfire on December 4, 2010 in Ein Hod, Israel. At least 41 people have been killed and more than 17, 000 residents evacuated as Northern Israel faces the country's worst ever forest blaze. International firefighting planes, equipment and personnel have arrived and are helping to tackle the blaze, that has already consumed over 2,800 hectares, following an urgent appeal for help. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)

An Italian aircraft carrying 100 tons of flame retardant arrived as well as a plane from Bulgaria long with 100 Bulgarian firefighters has also arrived to help battle the fire.

More planes and flame retardant are expected to be landing throughout the day on Saturday, including from the United States, France, Azerbaijan, and Spain.

An Italian aircraft carrying 100 tons of flame retardant arrived as well as a plane from Bulgaria long with 100 Bulgarian firefighters has also arrived to help battle the fire.

More planes and flame retardant are expected to be landing throughout the day on Saturday, including from the United States, France, Azerbaijan, and Spain. (*)

 
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