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Russian emergencies aircraft involved in monitoring fire situation in Israel

November 27, 2016, 16:26 UTC+3 MOSCOW

According to the Russian emergencies ministry’s spokesman, the Russian planes are now involved in firefighting missions near Jerusalem and Haifa, as agreed with the Israeli authorities

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MOSCOW, November 27. /TASS/. Two Be-200ChS planes of the Russian emergencies ministry, which are involved in the mission to put out wildfires in Israel, are also used to monitor the fire situation, the press service of the Russian emergencies ministry said on Sunday.

"After the three days of work, the Israeli side has highly assessed Russian aviation rescue technologies and the capacities of the Be-200ChS aircraft and asked to involve these aircraft in monitoring of the fire situation to spot new beds of fire and promptly put them out," the press service said.

According to the ministry’s spokesman, the Russian planes are now involved in firefighting missions near Jerusalem and Haifa, as agreed with the Israeli authorities. "The task of the Russian crews is to localize and extinguish the existing wildfires," the spokesman said.

Be-200 arrived in Israel, seized by wildfires, on November 25, as ordered by President Vladimir Putin, and joined the international aviation grouping there to tackle the fire.

The Beriev Be-200 multipurpose airplane, known as one of the world’s most effective aircraft for firefighting, has a capacity of 12 tons of water and is capable of suppressing large-scale wildfires by conducting multiple water drops on a fire site.

Russian planes took part in extinguishing forest fires at home and abroad, including in Serbia, Greece, Montenegro and Portugal.

Along with Russia, Greece, Italy, Croatia, Cyprus, Spain, Turkey and Azerbaijan are helping Israel to put out wildfires.

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