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Fire engine bound for West Bank released by customs

Image caption The firefighting equipment was impounded by Israeli customs for a month

Scottish firefighting equipment intended for Palestinians on the West Bank has finally been released by Israeli custom officials.

Two retired appliances left Dundee in October, headed for Nablus.

One appliance broke down and had to be left in Greece. The second, carrying all the equipment, was impounded in the port of Haifa.

But the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) said the consignment was now on the "final leg of its journey".

The equipment, including breathing apparatus, helmets, fire gauntlets and protective boots, was impounded by customs officials for a month.

FBU officials said the Palestinian authorities were now arranging the logistics for the last part of the journey to the Nablus fire department.

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