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.”