US 747 supertanker firefighting plane
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Israel 'close to beating blaze'

Israel does not need more help fighting an immense forest fire in its north, the prime minister says, as officials say the blaze is nearly beaten.

Benjamin Netanyahu said global offers of air assistance meant Israel was now able to tackle the fire successfully.

He spoke as an American 747 supertanker jet flew a series of missions over the Carmel region, and officials said the blaze could be under control on Sunday.

Brigadier General Eden Atias says the plane can carry 80,000 litres of water and special firefighting material.

  • 05 Dec 2010
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