Egypt helped extinguish fire in Israel: MENA

Ahram Online , Sunday 27 Nov 2016

Fire in israeli
Firefighters helps extinguish a new fire that broke out in the town of Nataf, west of the town of Abu Ghosh, along the border with the occupied West Bank on November 25, 2016. (AFP)

Egypt provided assistance to Israel in extinguishing a major fire that broke out Tuesday and spread in several parts of the country, an Egyptian government source told official state news agency MENA on Sunday.

The source said that Egyptian assistance in firefighting operations was to “minimise the impact [of the fire] on people.”

There has been no official confirmation from Egyptian authorities that the country had provided help in putting out the fire.

The blaze spread through much of Israel, starting in Neve Shalom, the Judean Hills and Zichron Yaakov, a town just south of the major city of Haifa, forcing thousands to evacuate their homes, according to Israeli media reports.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Friday that Egypt, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority assisted in firefighting efforts.

Other countries that provided assistance include the US and Turkey.

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