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Israel to assist firefighting efforts in Greece

Israel is sending two firefighting planes to assist Greece deal with the raging wildfires, following a request by the Greek government.

The two planes from the Elad Squadron are expected to depart for Athens at 6 AM [local time] on Thursday, and will support Greek firefighters “for as much time as necessary”.

The decision to dispatch the aircrafts was taken by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in consultation with the Defense, Foreign and National Security ministers.

“The Government of Israel will stand by Greece’s side in dealing with the immense wildfires, and appreciates the contribution of Greece in extinguishing fires in Israel over the last decade”, a statement by the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office reads.

In addition to the two ‘Elad’ firefighting planes, Israel’s assistance comprises of a team of four pilots, skilled ground personnel—including forest fire experts—and essential accompanying equipment. An Israeli air force transport aircraft will accompany the firefighting planes to ensure logistical support.