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Israel thanks Greece for assistance in wildfire disaster

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Israel thanks Greece for assistance  in wildfire disaster
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Israel on Friday thanked Greece for its assistance in tackling a massive wildfire in the north of the country that has claimed at least 40 lives and caused extensive destruction to the natural environment.

Israel on Friday thanked Greece for its assistance in tackling a massive wildfire in the north of the country that has claimed at least 40 lives and caused extensive destruction to the natural environment.

The Israeli embassy in Athens, in an announcement on Friday, thanked the Greek government, prime minister George Papandreou and all the responsible ministers.

Greece immediately dispatched five fire-fighting aircraft to Israel to join the effort to contain and put out the blaze after a telephone call between Papandreou and Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday.

Israeli ambassador in Athens Arye Mekel said in a statement that the direct contact between the two prime ministers and speedy decision to send help to Israel is in line with the new, very positive relations between Greece and Israel.

He said that the professionalism and experience of the Greek team in combating fires is well known and greatly respected in Israel.

The envoy also thanked all the Greek people who contacted the Israeli embassy to offer support and express their condolences.

"It is very important to have the help of our friends and neighbors in times of need," Mekel concluded.