On 15 October, Lebanon requested assistance through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism for aerial forest firefighting capacities.

Lebanon has asked for global help battling hundreds of forest fires that broke out on Monday and have spread overseas.

The blazes – the worst in decades – started in Lebanon’s western mountains, amid a heatwave and strong winds.

Heavy smoke was seen over Beirut and the city of Sidon, and one volunteer firefighter reportedly died. Read more on this story here