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Gantz thanks Abbas for sending Palestinian firefighters to battle blaze

Firefighter planes try to extinguish a wildfire at Giva'at Ye'arim outside Jerusalem on August 16, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Firefighter planes try to extinguish a wildfire at Giva'at Ye'arim outside Jerusalem on August 16, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Defense Minister Benny Gantz thanks Palestinian Authority firefighters for joining their Israeli counterparts in battling the flames blazing in the towns surrounding Jerusalem.

Four fire trucks and 20 firefighters from the PA are assisting Israeli efforts to tackle the fires, which have been blazing since Sunday.

“I would like to thank Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for his initiative to send firefighting forces to assist Israel today,” Gantz tweets. “Mutual assistance and saving human lives are the common interest of all of us.”

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