Israel aiding Brazil in fight against devastating fire in the Amazon

A view of a burnt area in the Amazon rainforest, near Porto Velho, Brazil, Aug. 25, 2019. (Carl De Souza/AFP/Getty Images)

Marcus M. Gilban

RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — Israel will help Brazil in battling fires raging in the Amazon rainforest.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Sunday to offer assistance in extinguishing the blazes. Israel will send a firefighting aircraft and flame-retardant materials, O Globo newspaper reported.

“Many thanks to dozens of heads of state who listened to me and helped us overcome a crisis that only interested those who want to weaken Brazil,” Bolsonaro tweeted Sunday.

Under international pressure, Bolsonaro on Friday authorized the use of 44,000 troops to battle the fire, the most serious since 2013, when the country began tracking them using official data.

In January, Israel sent a rescue team and equipment to Brazil to help in the search for hundreds feared dead following the collapse of a dam at a mine.

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