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Lapid says preparedness for major fires in Israel is a ‘national mission’

Firefighters try to extinguish a forest fire blazing near Kiryat Anavim, outside of Jerusalem, on June 8, 2022. (Noam Revkin Fenton/FLASH90)
Firefighters try to extinguish a forest fire blazing near Kiryat Anavim, outside of Jerusalem, on June 8, 2022. (Noam Revkin Fenton/FLASH90)

Prime Minister Yair Lapid holds a meeting to assess Israel’s readiness to deal with major fires.

At the meeting, Lapid says that Israel’s preparedness for this issue “is a national mission.”

He notes that the climate crisis is a major challenge for leaders in the region, where weather conditions can create serious fire risks.

“I call upon the citizens of Israel, especially during the summer and the holidays, to refrain from lighting fires in forests, parks and open spaces,” Lapid says. “Public responsibility is a critical component in our ability to prevent fires and deal with huge blazes.”

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