Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed with Russian President Vladimir Putin by Russian special aircraft in extinguishing forest fires in Israel, the radio station «Galey TSAHAL».
Russia sends to Israel to extinguish fires in two aircraft, including amphibious aircraft be-200, is able to collect up to 12 tons of water from the surface of the sea.
Wednesday, November 23, Netanyahu appealed to Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Prime Minister of Croatia, Andrei Plenkovich with a request to send to the Israeli fire-fighting planes to help in extinguishing forest fires. The Prime Ministers of Greece and Croatia immediately gave a positive response.
24 Nov to Israel must arrive at least ten fire fighting aircraft from Croatia, Italy, Greece, Russia and Cyprus. In the morning should arrive two aircraft from Greece, in the afternoon arrive two aircraft from Italy, two aircraft, one aircraft from Cyprus and a Russian plane.
Israel has its own fire fighting aircraft. However, as shown by the events of recent days, this aircraft enough for the rapid suppression of all wildfires that occurred in the North and centre of the country.
After a severe forest fire in the area of mount Carmel in December 2010, when the struggle with the elements was also attracted significant international force, the Israeli authorities took the decision to purchase own fire fighting aircraft. Discussed options for the purchase of the canadian Bombardier 415 or Russian be-200. But in the end it was decided the acquisition of 14 small aircraft Air Tractor AT-802 made in the USA, which has in the 249th fire squadron, subordinate to the Ministry of internal security.
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