EU to ship three firefighting planes to Turkey for wildfires

According to the Commission’s emergency coordinator, the European Commission will dispatch three fire-fighting planes to extinguish the ongoing fires in Turkey that have devastated the country’s south coast.

Janez Lenarcic, European Commissioner for Crisis Management in charge of European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid and the European Emergency Response Coordinator, said in a tweet that the EU stands in full solidarity with Turkey in the face of the ongoing fires.

In these difficult times, she stands in full solidarity with # Turkey. Thank you & for the answer with 3 Candairs from our #rescEU fleet. Our thoughts are with those who have lost loved ones and with the brave first responders fighting the deadly # forest fires.

– Janez Lenarčič (@JanezLenarcic) August 1, 2021

He thanked Croatia and Spain for sending three Canadair fire-fighting aircraft from the rescEU fleet.

Spain sends two planes, Croatia one.

The European authorities are in constant contact with the Turkish authorities in this regard, said the coordinator.

“Our thoughts go with the Turkish people who have lost loved ones and with the brave first responders who are doing their best to fight the deadly fires. We are ready to provide further assistance.”

The number of forest fires that struck the country since last week has fallen from 107 to five. Meanwhile, Turkey continues to suspect the fires may be linked to arson by the PKK terrorist group, whose subsidiary threatened arson attacks on Sunday.

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