Netanyahu Thanks Palestinian Leader Abbas for Help in Extinguishing Wildfires
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MIDDLE EAST 06:03 27.11.2016Get short URL228230 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a telephone conversation with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday and expressed gratitude to him for sending fire trucks and firefighters to assist Israel in extinguishing wildfires, prime minister’s press service said in a statement.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Palestinian Authority provided Israel with eight fire trucks and dozens of firefighters to extinguish the wildfires, according to reports.
“Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, this evening, contacted Palestinian Authority Chairman Abu Mazen and thanked him for sending firefighters to assist in extinguishing the fires. The Prime Minister also appreciates the fact that Jews and Arabs alike opened their homes to those affected by the fires,” the statement reads.
Israeli firefighters supported by special aircraft, provided by different states including Russia, have been struggling with several huge blazes in various parts of the country, including near Jerusalem, since November 22.
According to reports, an estimated 1,850 acres of forests and rural areas have been destroyed by the wildfires across the country and thousands of people have been evacuated from the northern city of Haifa. At least 132 Haifa residents have been taken to hospitals with injures caused by fires.