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Limassol beachgoers warned to mind aircraft diving for water

Police announced on Wednesday that the firefighting aircraft recruited to help put out the fire in the Solea area, raging for the fourth day, are using the Limassol bay near the Vasilikos area to fill their tanks with water.

Bathers are warned to stay close to the beach, while sea vessel users are urged to be careful.

Marine Police are already patrolling the area, while announcements have been made through the Radio Kypros frequencies, urging sea vessel users to stay clear of the area.

There are 18 aircraft participating in the firefighting operation, despatched by the Republic of Cyprus, the British bases, Israel, Greece, Italy and France.

Turkey also announced on Tuesday evening it was ready to send two helicopters and an aircraft from Mersin and Antalya to help fight the fire, which the government said it will accept provided that it was folded into the operational planning under which the other international players were operating. Turkey refused.

Cyprus also asked Russia for help, which a source from the Russian Embassy in Nicosia said that the request was immediately forwarded to Moscow and a response is pending.

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