Posted by: israelembassysa | December 3, 2010

The Carmel Tragedy

 The Carmel Tragedy

Fire rages in the Carmel range in the north of Israel (Photo: Reuters)
Fire rages in the Carmel range in the north of Israel (Photo: Reuters)

Forty lives have been lost and many injured in a fire raging on the Carmel mountain range in northern Israel. A national disaster has been declared.
The Israel Foreign Ministry is in contact with almost all European countries, and with Middle Eastern states regarding assistance in extinguishing the blaze. A number of nations have sent fire-fighting aircraft as well as equipment and supplies to help control the flames.

PM Netanyahu: “This blaze is unique; it is a fire on an international scale. I spoke earlier this evening with the President of Cyprus, and the Prime Ministers of Greece and Spain. As a result, ten aircraft are en route to Israel: Four planes from Greece, four planes from Spain and one helicopter and one plane from Cyprus. I will soon speak with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and will request more planes from additional countries.  Aircraft are coming but it will take time.” 

Israel’s deadliest fire leaves 40 dead – Israel News, Ynetnews.

Obama offers help as fire ravages Israel’s north – Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News.

Fire disaster: World offers help, Turkey sends planes – Israel News, Ynetnews.

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