Supertanker plane in fight against Israel fires

  • 27/11/2016

The world's largest firefighting aircraft, the Boeing 747-400 Supertanker, on Saturday joined an international fleet of planes working to combat a rash of fires in Israel and the West Bank.

The aircraft flew over Nataf, on the outskirts of Jerusalem, where firefighters were working to control a blaze.

The fires began four days ago near Jerusalem. Backed by dry, windy weather, they later spread elsewhere.

The most devastating fire hit Israel's third-largest city of Haifa.

Though no deaths or serious injuries have been reported, dozens have been hospitalised for smoke inhalation.

Hundreds of homes have been damaged and an international fleet of firefighting aircraft has arrived to assist.

The country's leaders claim Arab arsonists are behind many of the blazes.