PM: Cooperation of agencies saved lives

December 4, 2010 20:13

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Saturday that after the tragic loss of 41 lives in the Carmel fires which began Thursday, his main goals were preventing the loss of more lives and putting the fire out from the air with international help. Netanyahu was speaking at a press conference at Haifa University.

The prime minister said that thanks to the cooperation of the firefighters, police, MDA and volunteers, the goal of saving lives had been reached.

He also referred to the help Israel received from other nations, including Egypt, Turkey and Jordan, as "heartwarming."

Netanyahu added that the Boeing supertanker plane that was scheduled to arrive Sunday morning at approximately 1:00 AM would greatly help in firefighting efforts because of its ability to fly at night.

The prime minister said that he intended to "cut the bureacracy" in order to get residents of the North displaced by the fire back in their homes as soon as possible.

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