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Israeli firefighters 'on verge of collapse' after 5 days

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blamed “terror” for the blaze, echoing the words of Israel’s most senior police officer who alleged that the wildfire was “manmade”, suggesting arson

Israeli firefighters warned yesterday that their service network was exhausted due to continuous full-day operations in several parts of the country, with dozens reporting suffering the effects of smoke inhalation, Alresalah has reported.

This morning, a new fire started in the illegal Israeli Jewish settlement of Shilo in the occupied West Bank. This followed a fire breaking out in the Israeli settlement of Halamish, also in the occupied West Bank.

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The head of the Israeli National Firefighters Association, Avi Ankori, told Ynet News yesterday that the Israeli firefighting network was exhausted due to continuous operations across the country in their struggle to put out the wildfires engulfing Israel.

"The firefighters have been battling the blaze for five days already, they are on the verge of collapse," Ankori said.

According to Israeli media, there has been damage to property and some people suffered seriously from the blaze in terms of their health and livelihoods.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blamed "terror" for the blaze, echoing the words of Israel's most senior police officer who alleged that the wildfire was "manmade", suggesting arson.

Meanwhile, a United States Boeing 747 Supertanker arrived in Israel yesterday evening to join Israeli, Italian, Croatian, Russian, Cypriot, Turkish and Palestinian efforts to extinguish the fire.

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