The great fire in the Carmel has now swallowed at least 40 lives. A bus carrying prison wardens on the way to clear a prison in the fire’s path was trapped by the fire after flipping over. The fire caught them after covering a mile in about 3 minutes. Some later news reports are stating that many of those who were killed were cadets and they were mostly Druze Arabs.
Apparently the fire is also threatening two Druze villages, Esufiya and Daliat al Carmel.
Anybody who knows this area knows how beautiful it is. To have so many people lose their lives on top of the loss of natural forest and the homes and communities in the fire’s path is tragic beyond words.
Netanyahu has asked for international assistance.