EU sends planes to Israel to tackle forest fires

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.