The forest fire in Northern Israel which has killed over 40 people and destroyed over 100 homes has been extinguished. Benjamin Netanyahu expressed his thanks to the Turkish government for sending two planes to help the Israeli fire services.
NIS 60 million has been released to local councils for the reconstruction effort in Mount Carmel and mobile homes will be set up to house evacuees.
Prime Minister Netanyahu said:
“Today, we have decided on the actions that will lead to the rehabilitation of the Carmel forests, the communities and the residents that were hurt in the wildfire. Our intention is to provide necessary assistance to the residents and communities in order to restore them to their routines. I want neither delays nor bureaucracy. I want all the evacuees to be able to return to their lives as soon as possible.”
The fire burned for 77 hours and took more than 21,000L of water and flame retardant to put out. Hundreds of volunteers from Magen David Adom (part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent movement) rushed to help the wounded, many of whom were colleagues.