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PM Papandreou holds telephone conversation with Israeli counterpart

Δημοσίευση 3 Δεκεμβρίου 2010, 10:32 / Ανανεώθηκε 27 Ιουνίου 2013, 14:55
PM Papandreou holds telephone conversation with Israeli counterpart
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Prime Minister George Papandreou held a telephone conversation with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and expressed Greece's solidarity and readiness to help Israel's firefighting forces to extinguish the wildfire near Haifa, according to a relevant announcement by the Foreign Ministry.

Prime Minister George Papandreou held a telephone conversation with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and expressed Greece's solidarity and readiness to help Israel's firefighting forces to extinguish the wildfire near Haifa, according to a relevant announcement by the Foreign Ministry.

Following relevant consultations between the two sides, the announcement said, the sending of four firefighting CANADAIR aircraft was agreed. The aircraft were to leave for Israel to join the Israeli forces' operational planning as soon as possible.

The Israeli authorities have revealed that at least 40 people have lost their lives so far and many more have been injured. The wildfire's fronts have not yet been placed under control.

Four firefighting aircraft to leave for Israel

Four CL 415 firefighting aircraft were expected to depart at any moment on Friday night, from Elefsina airport for Israel to help in extinguishing the huge wildfire in Haifa.

The Greek firefighting services' response to the request by the Israeli Authorities for aid to be provided to handle the uncontrolled and lethal fire was immediate.

The four aircraft will be making a stopover on the island of Rhodes for refuelling and will be in Haifa at six in the morning to participate in the firefighting process.