IDF sends firefighting equipment to Cyprus
IDF sends firefighting equipment to Cyprus IDF spokesperson

On the instruction of Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, Foreign Minister Yair Lapid (Yesh Atid), and Public Security Minister Omer Barlev (Labor), two firefighting planes and a plane filled with firefighting equipment will leave for Cyprus.

The equipment will help Cypriot firefighters manage the fires blazing on the island.

The decision to send the firefighting planes was made following a request by the Cypriot government.

The Israeli Embassy in Nicosia, headed by Ambassador Oren Anolik, is coordinating together with the National Security Council and Israel Fire and Rescue Services the arrival of an Israeli firefighting team to Cyprus and their activities with the local firefighters.

Israel, Cyprus, and Greece are signatories to an agreement under which they will cooperate on the management of natural disasters.

The IDF said, "A delegation from the Israeli Fire and Rescue Services departed Thursday morning to Cyprus in order to assist in firefighting efforts in the north of the country. The delegation flew to Cyprus on IAF aircraft, allowing for the transfer of equipment and Israeli Fire and Rescue personnel to Cyprus."

"As part of the delegation, Israeli fire and rescue experts will join local firefighting efforts.

"The IDF will continue to assist on behalf of the State of Israel and contribute its experience and capabilities when called upon."

Last year, Cyrpus offered aid to Israel in managing the fires raging in the Jerusalem hills.

IDF plane heads off to Cyprus
IDF plane heads off to Cyprus IDF spokesperson