Carmel forest fire

Deaths mourned as Carmel forest fire brought under control

By Jennifer Lipman, December 6, 2010

More than 17,000 people have been allowed back to their homes in the north of Israel after firefighters said that the worst of the blaze in the Carmel mountains region had been brought under control.

The fire, which investigators have traced back to two teenage boys now being held by police, has devastated 5,000 hectares of forest.

Forty-two people died as a result of the fire including the head of the Haifa police department and a 16-year-old volunteer firefighter who was killed during the attempt to rescue prison-guards trapped on a burning bus.

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Attempt to fight Carmel fire from the sky

By Jennifer Lipman, December 3, 2010
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Aerial footage of aircraft of planes from Israel and abroad fighting the fire that is still burning in northern Israel.

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Frustration at Israeli government as Carmel forest burns

By Jennifer Lipman, December 3, 2010

Questions are being raised over the way in which Israel deals with disasters as a devastating forest fire blazes across the Carmel mountains region for a second day.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu admitted that the country did not have sufficient equipment to tackle the disaster as reports emerged of another person killed in the fire.

This would bring the total casualties to 41 after a bus carrying prison guards caught fire on Thursday afternoon, killing 40 passengers.

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British teens 'out of harm's way' from Carmel forest fire

December 3, 2010

British teenagers on gap year programmes in Israel have witnessed first-hand the worst forest fire in the country’s history.

Groups from several British youth movements including FZY, Habonim and Noam were in the town of Shlomi in the north of Israel for a seminar when the fire broke out on Thursday afternoon.

Natie Shevel, the UJIA’s regional director for Israel, reassured that all 160 British participants were safe.

He said: “None of them has been affected and they are all well out of harm's way.”

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Carmel forest fire: Israeli charities appeal for international support

By Jennifer Lipman, December 3, 2010

Israeli charities and aid organisations are on high alert as firefighters attempt to bring a devastating forest fire in the Carmel mountain regions near Haifa under control before Shabbat.

The Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) and the Jewish National Fund (JNF) are amongst the organisations that have launched emergency appeals for support from the international community in the wake of the disaster.

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Carmel fire evacuee: 'the whole sky was red'

By Robyn Rosen, December 3, 2010

Thirteen-year-old Einav King was evacuated from her home in Nir Etzion along with her parents, three siblings and dog, to stay with her British grandmother, Gloria King, from Sunderland, in Hofit.

“When I came back from school in Haifa, the whole sky was red,” Einav said. “It was filled with dust and smoke. At home, everything was covered in smoke. I came out the house and saw the flames about five kilometres away.

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