EU sends planes to Israel to tackle forest fires

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A chartered helicopter dumps a load of water ontio a smouldering spot in a forest near the village Grotingen in the Bracke municipality to fight one of many wild fires in central Sweden, 22 July 2018. Sweden meanwhile has called for emergency assistance from the European Union to tackle the dozens of wildfires raging across the country. Italian and French fire fighting planes as well as fire engines from Poland and firefighters from other EU countries joined in the efforts to contain and extinguish the wild fires.

EU sends planes to Israel to tackle forest fires


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The EU Civil Protection Mechanism has been activated to tackle forest fires, after a request for assistance from the Israeli authorities on 23 May.
In an immediate response, the European Union has already helped mobilize 4 firefighting planes, two of which from Italy and two from Cyprus, to be dispatched swiftly to the affected areas.
The European Union’s 24/7 Emergency Response Coordination Center is in regular contact with the Israeli authorities to closely monitor the situation and channel the EU assistance.
The Commission has recently launched the first fleet of firefighting aircraft under the new rescEU system to tackle natural disasters.

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