Israel to send Greece 25 firefighters with full equipment

By JONATHAN BECK
August 26, 2007 19:11

 
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25 firefighters with full equipment will leave Monday morning from Israel to Greece to assist the neighboring country in extinguishing forest fires raging since Friday, a source in the Foreign Ministry told The Jerusalem Post, Sunday. The firefighters were expected to leave on Sunday, but as they were traveling on commercial flights, fully packed planes leaving Ben Gurion Airport delayed their departure by a day. On Saturday night, following a request for assistance by Greek Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis, Israel was readying three helicopters, but a technical issue - the aircraft in Israel's possession being unsuited for the task because of a tangible risk of the vessels overheating - prevented them from being sent. The Greeks also requested that Israel send planes capable of carrying seawater, but these types of aircraft are not used by Israeli firefighting services, the Ministry told the Post.

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