CNA – Cyprus/NICOSIA 25/05/2019 13:46
A firefighting mission from Cyprus, comprising two Forestry Department aircraft, manned with two crew each and a four people ground support team, who traveled to Israel to help with combating recent wildfires, are set to return now that the fires are under control, the Forestry Department’s Chief Charalambos Alexandrou has told CNA.
The members of the Cypriot team, who operated in an area about 50 km southeast of Tel Aviv towards Jerusalem, are all well, Alexandrou said, adding that it is very positive that the fires are full under control.
Asked whether the Cypriot team will operate today, he said that it will patrol the area so that other firefighting personnel from Israel may take a rest.
Israeli authorities, Alexandrou added, are expected to release the mission sometime tomorrow following a short ceremony.
The mission had arrived in Israel a little after noon yesterday and operated in an area approximately 50 kms southeast of Tel Aviv, towards Jerusalem.
The situation with the wildfires is clearly improved as of yesterday, Alexandrou said replying to a question adding that although there was no large uncontrollable blaze, there were many small fires which meant that the Cypriot team’s contribution was important.
The Cypriot mission was the first foreign mission which arrived and operated in Israel, he said.