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Turkey tells Israel it doesn’t currently need help fighting wildfires

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

Deck chairs are seen on a beach in front of smoke and flames rising from a forest fire on August 3, 2021, in the southwestern Turkish city of Mugla, as Turkey struggles against its deadliest wildfires in decades. (Photo by Yasin AKGUL / AFP)
Deck chairs are seen on a beach in front of smoke and flames rising from a forest fire on August 3, 2021, in the southwestern Turkish city of Mugla, as Turkey struggles against its deadliest wildfires in decades. (Photo by Yasin AKGUL / AFP)

Israel has been in touch with Turkey over the wildfires ravaging the southern coast.

Turkish officials have told Israel that they have the situation under control and do not need help at this time, according to the Foreign Ministry.

“Israel can offer its help on extinguishing the flames if it becomes relevant,” the ministry tells The Times of Israel.

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