Israel braces for fresh wildfires as temperatures continue to rise
Croatia, Italy, Greece, and Cyprus have sent firefighting planes to help Israel battle ongoing wildfires. Dozens of houses have burnt down and thousands have been evacuated from their homes after fires started as a result of an extreme heatwave.
Egypt had also sent two helicopters to assist Israel, PM Netanyahu told reporters. The Palestinian Authority and Russia have also offered help, he said.
“As of this moment, this containment is being done in the best possible way, but the challenge is yet ahead of us given the weather conditions, the winds and the extreme heat,” Netanyahu said.
Firefighter spokesman Udi Gal said Friday morning that the advance of the fires has been stopped and the main focus at the moment is in the area of Tarom, just north of Beit Shemesh in the Judean hills. The conflagration at Harel was mostly under control, he said.
Firefighting brigades mobilized all available units and are using planes and dozens of fire trucks to try to stamp out the flames still burning in several locations and the extreme heatwave threatens to spark more fires throughout the day.
Firefighting teams are currently dealing with fires near Kfar Chabad, Negohot, Peduel, Lod, Ashdod Yam and north of Jerusalem.
Israel and the region are gripped by a major heatwave, with temperatures around the country reaching 113 F (45 C) and higher.
Firebombs and explosive devices attached to drones and balloons are currently being launched by Muslim terrorists from Gaza into Israeli territory.
Despite the insane temperatures, Muslim terrorists began gathering along the security border fence with Gaza, ahead of the weekly riots after mosque.