Israeli PM calls Abbas to thank for Palestinian fire help

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to thank Palestinian help over the deadly fires raging in northern Israel.

Israeli PM calls Abbas to thank for Palestinian fire help

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday called Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to thank Palestinian help over the deadly fires raging in northern Israel.

Palestinian civil defence forces have joined the huge international operation to tame the massive blaze ravaging northern Israel.

"The three units of the Palestinian civil defence were sent to assist in extinguishing the fires in the Carmel," said a statement from the office of Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas.

The massive fire, which broke out on Thursday morning, has so far killed 41 people and is still raging out of control, prompting an urgent appeal for international help from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Offers of help poured in, including from the Palestinians, with Netanyahu personally calling Abbas to thank him, the statement said.

"President Mahmud Abbas on Saturday received a telephone call from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressing his gratitude for the help of Palestinian firefighters in putting out the fires raging since the day before yesterday in the Carmel mountains," it said.

Peace talks between Abbas and Netanyahu broke down at the end of September with the resumption of Israeli settlement building, and it was not clear whether the two men had spoken since then.

Israeli police suspect the fire was set by negligence after the lighting of a campfire on grounds near the drought-stricken woodland.

Israeli-Palestinian peace talks have remained stalled as Israel refuses to stop the settlements expansion.


Agencies

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