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US State Department lauds Israeli-Palestinian cooperation in fighting wildfire

Firefighters try to extinguish a fire near moshav Givat Ye'arim, near Jerusalem, on August 16, 2021. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)
Firefighters try to extinguish a fire near moshav Givat Ye'arim, near Jerusalem, on August 16, 2021. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

The US State Department lauds the cooperation between Israeli and Palestinian firefighters in battling an enormous blaze that raged for three days in the areas surrounding Jerusalem.

“The US is pleased to see successful cooperation between Israeli and Palestinian firefighters to contain the wildfires outside of Jerusalem,” the State Department’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs tweets. “We look forward to more examples of Israelis and Palestinians working together to address their common challenges in a land dear to both.”

Four fire trucks and 20 firefighters from the Palestinian Authority joined Israeli firefighters yesterday in battling the flames, which were finally extinguished after 52 hours.

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