Palestinian firefighters 311 AP.
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Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday honored Palestinian firefighters who helped put out the Carmel blaze in the North.
“Our neighbors [Israel] faced a tragedy and it was our duty to do our humanitarian work toward our neighbors to protect the environment and human life,” Abbas said in a ceremony in his office in Ramallah.
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Addressing the firefighters, Abbas said, “You have done a great job. In such humanitarian cases we’re never late to carry out our humanitarian duty.”
The firefighters and their commander each received a certificate of
appreciation signed by Abbas. In the certificate, Abbas wrote: “This
wonderful effort, which has been added to your other deeds in serving
your people, affirms the civilized role that we and the rest of the
world appreciate. It also provides evidence of our people’s
determination to build the institutions of the future state.”
Some 21 Palestinian firefighters took part in the effort to put out the huge wildfire.