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Cyprus seeks aid from EU and Israel as huge forest fire rages

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Cyprus seeks aid from EU and Israel as huge forest fire rages

Greece pledged to assist with two airplane, while assistance was additionally expected from Israel, officers said.

By REUTERS
 

JULY 3, 2021 22: 32

Early Newspaper

Firefighting planes try to extinguish a large forest fire which broke out near Neve Ilan, outisde of Jerusalem, June 09, 2021. (photo credit: YONATAN SINDEL/FLASH 90)

Firefighting planes strive to extinguish a vast forest fire which broke out shut to Neve Ilan, outisde of Jerusalem, June 09, 2021.

(picture credit: YONATAN SINDEL/FLASH 90)

Cyprus appealed for aid from its EU companions and Israel on Saturday as a huge forest fire raged north of the cities of Limassol and Larnaca, forcing the evacuation of villages.

The fire, fanned by stable winds, affected at least six communities within the foothills of the Troodos mountain fluctuate, an home of pine forest and densely vegetated shrubland.

Dozens of properties had been damaged, nevertheless no accidents had been reported. There indulge in been current energy cuts within the house. Plumes of smoke had been visible within the capital Nicosia, some 75 km (45 miles) away.

High Minister Naftali Bennett confirmed on Saturday night time that Israel will ship aid the next day to assist Cyprus place out the fires. 

Greece pledged to assist with two aircrafts.

“That is a extremely sophisticated day for Cyprus. All of the disclose’s mechanisms are in equipment, and the precedence is for no lack of lifestyles,” Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades tweeted.

The goal of the fire, which started around noon, was unclear. Cyprus has experienced a heatwave this week, with temperatures exceeding 40 Celsius (104 Fahrenheit).

“It passed via fancy a whirlwind, it destroyed all the pieces,” said Vassos Vassiliou, the neighborhood leader of Arakapas, undoubtedly a few of the communities affected. 

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Cyprus seeks aid from EU and Israel as huge forest fire rages