King directs JAF to send 2 aircraft to help extinguish wildfires in Lebanon


Published: 2019-10-16 09:39

Last Updated: 2019-10-16 09:53

His Majesty King Abdullah II
His Majesty King Abdullah II

Under Royal directives, the Jordan Armed Forces- Arab Army (JAF), in cooperation with the Civil Defence Department, sent on Tuesday, October 15, 2019, two Royal Air Force Super Puma aircraft with fire-fighting equipment and their crews to help put out fierce fires in Lebanon.

Strong fires have devastated different areas of Lebanon forcing some residents to flee their homes as the flames reached residential areas in villages south of Beirut.

At least 103 fires erupted in the areas of Meshref and Debbieh in Chouf, where 200 vehicles belonging to the Lebanese Civil Defense helped in extinguishing the fire.

Fire engines were overwhelmed by the flames, forcing the Interior Ministry to send riot police engines equipped with water cannons to help.

The fire grew as high temperatures, high-speed winds and dry conditions carried embers across large distances.

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