Officials: 22 dead, 25 seriously injured in Israeli forest fire
December 2nd, 2010
11:42 AM ET

Officials: 22 dead, 25 seriously injured in Israeli forest fire

[Updated at 11:42 a.m.] At least 22 people are dead and 25 seriously injured in a forest fire in northern Israel, according to the country's ambulance service, which initially said 40 people were killed.

[Posted at 10:18 a.m.] Some 40 people have been killed in a raging fire near Haifa in northern Israel, Israeli ambulance service officials told CNN Thursday.

The fire broke out in the Carmel forest region. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told CNN that some 3,000 square meters of trees were up in flames.

Rosenfeld said that a bus in the area overturned and emergency forces were trying to reach it. A spokesman for Israel's prison authority said the bus was carrying prison employees and that no prisoners were on board.

It is not clear how the fire started.

Firefighters were continuing to fight the blaze as authorities evacuated communities in the area.

The fire has been bolstered by strong winds and has torched tens of square kilometres of forest, cutting power and covering Haifa in smoke.

Inmates of the Damon prison were forced to evacuate and were sent to temporary jails nearby.

Police are investigating if the blaze started in an illegal dumping ground.

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  1. TonyL

    God's chosen people, WOW !!! How is that possible? Must be the evil Palestinians terrorists. So let's go and kill a few more Palestinians as a revenge.

    December 2, 2010 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Galina

      Actually, most forest fires are traced back to Arab-Israelis, because of their poor ecological backgrounds. And, well, the fire is closest to the suburb of Ussafiya, which is an Arab-Druz suburb.

      December 2, 2010 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel (USA ARMY)

      What is the matter Your jealous???

      December 2, 2010 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Tinsoldier

    The Bible says as the former world was destroyed by the flood this current world is reserved for destruction by fire. Israel is the kindling that will eventually set the whole world ablaze. Hot dog anyone? 🙂

    December 2, 2010 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel (USA ARMY)

      It won't be the Jews... But it could be Iran are North Korea!!!

      December 2, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Richp, Easton, Pa

    Wow, having only ever been to Haifa for a two day port call while I was in the Navy it never even occurred to me that Israel had forests to have a forest fire in.

    December 2, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Galina

      *facepalm*

      December 2, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel (USA ARMY)

      If You would got of the ship You might of found out!!!

      December 2, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Simple Joe

    HA Ha HA, the Burning bush in the middle of the desert

    December 2, 2010 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel (USA ARMY)

      You are a real Joke!!!

      December 2, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Guss

    It is a small revenge from God for what they are doing to the Palestinians .

    December 2, 2010 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel (USA ARMY)

      Right GOD started the forest fire!!! What happen to You when They gave out brains??? You thought They said pain???

      December 2, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yakobi.

      You mean NOT wiping them out for the daily rocket attacks?

      December 2, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Marvel

    Steve

    Northern Israel could easily be mistaken for Northern California if not for roadsigns and license plates. Israel is not all desert and tents, it is very modern. It is safer to walk at night in the central part of Haifa than most cities in the world.

    *******
    I don't believe an Arab or Persian or Palestinan would agree it is a safe place to walk.

    December 2, 2010 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yakobi.

      It is if you don't have a bomb strapped to you.

      December 2, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Galina

    Hanukka Candles Gone Wild?

    December 2, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel (USA ARMY)

      Right!!! Very funny...

      December 2, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Asaf

    As an Israeli, it's a shame to read your comments, racism without boundaries, shame on you.

    December 2, 2010 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Galina

      Oh Assaf, have some humor. Let us, as fellow Israelis, start betting on the number of investigation committees that we'll be seeing.

      December 2, 2010 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  9. adam

    This place is disgusting! Easy to talk big annonomusly... Cowards!

    December 2, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  10. jewkilla

    They all need 2burn
    Turnd in2 soap or something
    Damn Jews

    December 2, 2010 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • I hate morons!

      Your impotent, right Jewkilla? Better be! God help us all if someone like you is able to breed. Who wrote that for you you illiterate moron? Go back to you fat wife (aka sister) in your hillbilly village and shut your mouth!

      December 2, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  11. MAN

    Some people are just heartless... what kind of a man is glad to hear about people dieing??? you people are just so blinded by hate it is disgusting! shame on you! your so called humanitarian concern crap only holds when Arab life are at stake you bunch of Hippocrates! next time you yell about Palestinian life lost remember your posts here. I can only hope you'll suffer the same fate you wish on others... you two faced a$$h0les...

    December 2, 2010 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel (USA ARMY)

      The Racist of This Country!!! They hate everyone that isn't a White Catholic American!!!

      December 2, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Yakobi.

    "Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told CNN that some 3,000 square meters of trees were up in flames."
    "The fire has been bolstered by strong winds and has torched tens of square kilometres of forest"

    Well, which is it? 3,000 square meters isn't even 1 acre, so I suspect the latter. But did they just make up that 3,000 number or forget a 0?

    December 2, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  13. BewareTheLebanese

    It was probably the stinking Arabs from Lebanon who did this. I once met a woman from Lebanon that used me and stole my money. They can't be trusted. If they would do this to Christians, I have no doubt these people would light the forest on fire to cause problems for the Jews.

    December 2, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • CivilDisobedient

      What the hell are you talking about? I've met good people in Israel and Lebanon. I've met bad people in Israel in Lebanon. Newsflash - they aren't all the same.

      December 2, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel (USA ARMY)

      I hope it won't be from anyone on purpose!!! The one thing We don't need is more tension there...

      December 2, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fortis

      How can you use one swindler to blame entire nation? That is the same as to say, 'My Jewish CPA made a stupid mistake in my last tax return, and now I have to pay fines to IRS. Beware of Jews!' Lebanon is, probably, the most diverse and modern country in the Arab Middle East. And, BTW, about 1/3 of Lebanese are Christians themselves.

      December 2, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • BewareTheLebanese

      This is different, because there are still some honest Jewish CPAs. The Lebanese use pretty women that pretend to be Christian that seduce and steal from actual American and European Christians. I am not the only man this has happened to.

      December 2, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Elad

    I don't wanna blame anyone, but when there are 4 fires from 4 different place in one city, this means it's caused by people. Now who you may I ask? 95% of the fires in Israel are caused by ARABS! They are burning Israel because they think that in this way they will get our country.
    Arabs = TERRORISTS!

    December 2, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • CivilDisobedient

      You're as bad as the Arabs - you all point the finger and refuse to take responsibility or acknowledge that not everything that occurs in the world has anything to do with your petty conflict. No wonder the Middle East is such a mess.

      December 2, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Someone

    I have an assumption:
    Most of those who post hateful comments about Israel sit most of the day behind their keyboards.
    Am I right?

    December 2, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
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