A private American company has sent the world’s largest firefighting plane to help Israel fight the Carmel fire.
The international community has poured out assistance to Israel as it struggles against the worst fire on record. Turkey, Greece, the United States, Russia and Britain are among thirteen nations that have demonstrated their support. As the fire that has engulfed over 10,000 acres rages on, the United States has dispatched the most sophisticated firefighting tools available.
Russia sent its Ilyushin-76 early this morning. The plane carries up 42,000 liters of water that can be dumped within seven seconds, reports Haaretz, though it requires up to one hour to reload.
A private American aviation company is sending its Evergreen 747 supertanker with a capacity of 95,000 liters, or twice as much water as the Russian plane. It is the largest firefighting plane in the world and has been used regularly to fight California’s wildfires.
The United States Defense Department is sending three C-130 planes from its Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard, and an additional two C-130s that will take off from Ramstein Air base in Germany, according to a CNN report.
While arsonists were originally suspected for causing the fire, CNN reports that Israeli police suspect one family’s negligence caused the fire.
Funerals were held for some of the victims who were trapped in a bus that caught fire and the country continues to mourn its extraordinary loss of human and wild life, as well as a cherished nature reserve in the Carmel Mountains.
President Netanyahu has promised to show its appreciation to Turkey, which has stepped in with unconditional assistance despite earlier tensions.
Officials say that it could take one week before the fire is under control.
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