The US is sending the largest firefighting aircraft in the world to help Israel fight the wildfires raging around the country.

The Boeing 747-400 Supertanker is considered the most advanced firefighting aircraft in the world. It became operational last spring, replacing the 747-100 Supertanker which the US sent to help Israel fight the 2010 Carmel wildfires.

The Boeing 747-400 is capable of carrying up to 19,600 gallons of water or fire retardant. Unlike other firefighting aircraft, the Supertanker disperses water in a manner similar to falling rain over a wider area, rather than dumping the water over smaller areas. This approach is also safer for firefighters on the ground.

Israel contacted the company Global Super Tanker, which owns and operates the plane, to examine the possibility of it being flown to Israel.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu explained why Israel asked for the Supertanker. “It needs to be understood that the firefighting planes currently being used are not able to operate overnight. There is only one plane that has this ability, and that is the Supertanker. I instructed that it be brought here. It will take 24 hours to come from the US. We only use it in extreme situations. We don’t use it for everything but I prefer that we have too much rather than too little.”

Israel has turned to other countries for help in dealing with the wildfires, including Russia, Cyprus, Greece, Turkey, and Italy. Israel also turned to France and Portugal for help Friday morning.



( This wave of arsons begän  perhaps about 12.11. in Kidron valley (Jad Absalom, Tomb of Josaphat)   before  the  big  underground mosque  in the Salomon Stall (Stable)  and   in other places  about  20- 21- 11. night time  utilizing the Hamsin and hard dry winds from  eastern deserts und utter  drought season.  At least  12 arsoni suspects  retained)

Arsonists Target Ancient Jewish Sites Absalom’s Tomb and Cave of Jehoshaphat

Two passenger trains collided in Iran’s north-central province of Semnan on early Friday, killing at least 15 people and injuring dozens, Iranian media reported, saying the number of fatalities and casualties expected to rise.

“At least 15 people were killed and over 20 others have been injured in the crash,” the semi-official Mehr news agency quoted head of Iran’s Red Crescent Ali Asghar Ahmadi as saying.

Iranian media gave contradictory reports on the death toll and number of injured passengers in the crash. The semi-official Fars news agency said 52 people were injured, who were transferred to nearby hospitals.

Reports gave no details on the number of passengers in the trains. But Fars said 100 passengers had been rescued.

State television showed footage of four derailed carriages, with two of them on fire. A spokesman for Iran’s Red Crescent, Mostafa Mortazavi, told Fars that firefighters were trying to control the blaze.

“The accident happened when a passenger train in motion crashed to another one that had stopped at the station,” it said.

The cause of the collision was under investigation, it said, adding that rescue teams have been dispatched to the site of accident.

“We can have a better idea about number of casualties after the fire is put out,” Ahmadi said, Mehr reported.

The crash occurred at the Haft-Khan station in the city of Shahroud, about 400 kilometers (250 miles) east of Tehran.


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