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Ban: We'll help Israel in every way we can

In message to Netanyahu, UN chief extends his condolences to families of wildfire victims, says 'inspired by generous international assistance rendered to Israel'; Obama also offers aid

"I am deeply saddened by the loss of life, suffering, human displacement and damage to nature caused by the ongoing fire on Mount Carmel in northern Israel," United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said in a message relayed to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu overnight Saturday.


Ban, who called the deadliest fire in Israel's history a "terrible tragedy," said "I would like to convey my deepest sympathy and extend my condolences to the bereaved families," adding that the UN "will continue to stand ready and assist the State of Israel in every way it can in mobilizing further support from Member States, including for the rehabilitation of the affected areas."


The fire, which broke out on the Carmel hill - southeast of the northern city of Haifa - has claimed the lives of at least 41 people and destroyed more than 8,500 acres.


The UN chief also said he was "inspired by the generous international assistance rendered to the State of Israel within hours of the beginning of the fire, especially from your neighbors in the region."


Earlier, US President Barack Obama told PM Netanyahu that he has prioritized the transfer of urgent aid to Israel and has instructed government agencies to send the necessary means.


The president said a team of American firefighting experts is expected to arrive in Israel Saturday.



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