Turkey, Spanish plane fights wildfires

Turkey thanks Spain for its help against wildfires

Spain was one of the countries that sent aid to fight the largest wave of wildfires in the history of Turkey, which caused 8 deaths.

Turkey thanked Spain for its help against the wildfires during a phone call that Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu made on Monday to his Spanish counterpart, José Manuel Albares, after the massive fires that devastated especially the south of the country, causing 8 dead.

As reported by the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a statement, during the call Çavuşoğlu expressed to Albares the gratitude of Ankara for sending two planes and equipment to help fight the nearly 250 wildfires that broke out throughout Turkey, especially in the southern provinces of Antalya and Muğla. Both ministers also took the opportunity to talk about bilateral relations, as well as the situation in Afghanistan.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who has visited the areas devastated by the fire, announced that his government has already sent aid to the affected areas for 50 million Turkish liras (about €5 million), and has ensured that the near 60,000 hectares burned by flames will be repopulated with trees and no construction will be allowed in them, in order to avoid urban speculation.

Two Canadair aircraft from Group 43 of the Spanish Air Force arrived in Turkey in early August to join the efforts of several countries against the worst wave of wildfires in Turkey’s history. The Spanish deployment also included the dispatch of 4 crews, several military personnel from the UME (Emergency Military Unit) and a technical team to maintain the aircrafts. Later, Turkey also sent aid to Greece when violent wildfires also devastated this country.