Good neighbors: Egypt and Jordan offer to aid Israel's firefighters

Egypt will send two helicopters, while Jordan is set to dispatch a number of fire trucks.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
November 25, 2016 12:28
Fire Truck

Fire Truck. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Friday that both Egypt and Jordan had offered help to Israel in fighting the fires that have engulfed much of the country for four days.

Egypt will send two helicopters, while Jordan is set to dispatch a number of fire trucks.

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Palestinians firefighters from the West Bank are already contributing to the effort. The Palestinian Authority sent four crews into Israel in the north via the Gilboa crossing to assist teams in Haifa, with eight trucks in total now working with their Israeli counterparts.

"Fire doesn't distinguish between Jews and Arabs," MK Ayman Odeh chairman of the Joint List stated earlier on Thursday.

"It is heart breaking to see Carmel in flames. This is not the time for incitement. It is the time to join forced and do everything possible to save Carmel."

Also on Friday, the Muslim nation and Israel's regional ally Azerbaijan committed to sending a plane to add to the growing number of foreign forces battling the fires.


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