Friday, December 03, 2010

Israel Fire Update - And Yes, It Was Arson

The battle against the Carmel fire still continues.So far, it's consumed almost 7,500 acres.

There are 3 fire centers - Tzur Shalom, the Atlit - Tirat Hacarmel area, and the Carmel hillsides.

The winds still remain a problem, but the firefighters have largely diverted the fire from Haifa, with the battle continuing on the the Carmel hillsides and the Atlit region of Route 4.

The death toll is up to 42. That includes 36 Israel Prison Service members who died when their bus was overtaken by the flames, two police officers and a volunteer firefighter. Three people remained in critical condition at Rambam Hospital in Haifa, including the chief of police Ahuva Tomer.

Several smaller fires have broken out. One of them started in a forest area a forest adjacent to Kfar Mashad in the Nazereth area. Arson is suspected.Another started near Route 70, south of Haifa in the southern Carmel mountains near Bat Shlomo. Both of them were successfully put out, as was a blaze in Kiryat Tivon. Again, the suspicion is that arson was behind the Kiryat Tivon fire.

Two suspects have already been arrested on suspicion of causing those fires.Police also found a bike, a bag, and a wig inside near a fire center in Tzur Shalom on Friday, leading them to believe that the fire was caused by an arsonist or arsonists.

The Israeli Air Force is using C-130 Hercules to drop water and a number of foreign planes and firefighters have already landed in Israel, with assistance coming from Bulgaria, Egypt, Greece Britain, Turkey, Jordan, the United States, Russia, Egypt, Cyprus, Jordan, Spain, Azerbaijan, and Romania among others.

Control of the blaze is expected over the weekend...G-d willing. And towards that end, hundreds of Israelis are praying for Divine assistance at the Kotel.

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1 comment:

Rosey said...

As bad as this fire is, it is encouraging to see so many nations helping Israel, the apartheid, racist pariah.