Massive forest fire in Israel
A massive forest fire inferno started yesterday in northern Israel.
41 people have already been killed and more than 15,000 have left the area. Most of the dead are prison guards who were on their way to move inmates from a prison in the forest when their bus caught on fire and overturned.
Israel does not have fire fighting airplanes and have turned to their neighbours in Greece, Cyprus, Britain, Turkey, Bulgaria, Russia, Egypt, Azerbaijan, Spain, Croatia, France and Jordan for help. Firefighters and equipment in the U.S. and Australia are on stand-by.
Although the area was tinder-dry, there may be evidence that the fires were started by arsonists.
The fire, Israel’s largest fire in history, is now over 4,000 hectares in size. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is calling it “a fire on an international scale.”
Thousands fight Israel fire (news24)
Formidable Israel lacks fire-fighting planes (Reuters)
More than 40 killed as Israel fights forest fire (BBC)
Police suspect arson in deadly Israeli wildfire (CNN)
Devastating fire in Israel (CTV)
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