Firefighters and firefighting personnel from all over the world came to Israel's aid over the weekend, responding to the most devastating fire the country has ever seen. While most of the aid that arrived had to be flown in, early Sunday morning, four fire engines manned by 21 firefighters began a five-hour drive to the Carmel mountains.
Leaving the southern West Bank at 4 a.m., the Bethlehem civil defense team spent five hours driving through Israel before joining up with Israeli and international firefighters battling the deadly blaze that has destroyed over 12,000 acres (50,000 dunams) and killed at least 41 people since Thursday.
The Palestinian firetrucks are more advanced than Israel's, Channel 10 News reported. The modern firetrucks were reportedly a gift from the European Union, which contributed millions of dollars to establish a Palestinian firefighting force.
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