Israeli firefighting experts preparing to fight a forest fire in Simien Mountains National Park, Ethiopia. (Courtesy Israel Fire & Rescue Authority) (Courtesy Israel Fire & Rescue Authority)
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Eleven Israeli experts landed in Ethiopia on April 14 to assist local firefighters working to extinguish a major fire in Simien Mountains National Park.

By Abigail Klein Leichman, ISRAEL21c

On Sunday, a delegation of 11 Israeli experts landed in Ethiopia to assist local firefighters working to extinguish a complex forest fire in Simien Mountains National Park for the past two weeks.

Following a direct appeal for Israel’s help from Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed last Friday, the operation was coordinated by Israel’s embassy in Addis Ababa with Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Public Safety’s Fire & Rescue Authority.

The Israeli delegation is headed by Southern District Deputy Commander Zion Shenkar, who was born in Ethiopia.

The 220-square-kilometer (84-square-mile) Simien Mountains National Park, nicknamed the “Roof of Africa” because it forms the largest continuous area of elevation on the continent, is a World Heritage Site providing a habitat for rare animals such as the Gelada baboon, the Simien fox and the Walia ibex.

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