Cyprus: Israel, Greece send help to contain forest fire in Troodos mountain region

Two village communities have been evacuated as a precaution and Israel and Greece have been contributing air assets to the firefighting effort, including water bombers.

By: Reuters | Nicosia | Published: June 20, 2016 4:30 pm
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A forest fire fanned by high winds and scorching temperatures spread rapidly in Cyprus’s scenic Troodos mountain region on Monday, prompting the dispatch of aerial assistance from Israel and Greece.

The blaze, possibly triggered by an attempt to burn dry stubble, broke out on Sunday in the foothills of the eastern Mediterranean island’s Troodos region. The Soleas area hardest hit by the blaze is covered by pine forest and fruit orchards.

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Two village communities have been evacuated as a precaution and Israel and Greece have been contributing air assets to the firefighting effort, including water bombers.

Two Cypriot firefighters were injured, one seriously.

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