Israeli fire-fighting planes and equipment were sent to help extinguish fires in Cyprus.

(Communicated by the Foreign Ministry Spokesman)

Following an appeal from the Foreign Ministry of Cyprus to the Israel Embassy in Nicosia, emergency firefighting assistance was dispatched over the weekend from Israel to extinguish the fires raging in the Troodos Mountains.

The Israel Foreign Ministry organized the aid, which included a firefighting aircraft belong to the Chimnir company, an Israel Air Force cargo jet carrying seven officers and soldiers, including a doctor from the Home Front Command, a fire extinguishing team and 33 tons of fire extinguishing materials.

The governments of Cyprus cooperated in the mission, and the United Kingdom permitted the planes to land at a British airfield near the site of the fire.

The planes returned home early Sunday morning.