Pentagon dispatches 3 aircraft to Israel wildfires
Washington: The Pentagon is dispatching three military aircraft, along with two other planes filled with fire retardant, this weekend to help combat raging wildfires in northern Israel that have killed 41 people.
Three US Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard C-130 Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System (MAFFS) aircraft are scheduled to depart the United States for Israel, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) said in a statement overnight Friday.
Another two US European Command C-130 military cargo planes transporting 2- tonnes of fire retardant will take off from Ramstein Air Base in Germany to arrive over the weekend in Israel.
USAID has also chartered commercial aircraft to deliver 45 tonnes of Fire-Troll fire retardant and 12,000 liters (3,170 gallons) of WD881 Class A foam.
The aid agency is also deploying a team of experts to "join with their Israeli counterparts to help combat the fires," USAID said.
The United States stands prepared to provide additional assistance should it be necessary."
US President Barack Obama called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday to express his "deepest condolences" for the "tragic loss of life" from the fires, the White House said.