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The Foreigner Norway helps Israelis fight fire. A Norwegian helicopter with specialist firefighting crew has been helping Israel’s battle against the ferocious forest fire on Mount Carmel near Haifa in the north. Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg sent the helicopter after Israel appealed international help, following several conversations with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel. “Norway is pleased to be able to contribute to international voluntary efforts to extinguish the fires,” he said in a press release.

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Norway helps Israelis fight fire

Published on Sunday, 5th December, 2010 at 23:00 under the news category, by Nicoleta Sincan and Michael Sandelson   .

A Norwegian helicopter with specialist firefighting crew has been helping Israel’s battle against the ferocious forest fire on Mount Carmel near Haifa in the north.



Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg sent the helicopter after Israel appealed international help, following several conversations with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel.

“Norway is pleased to be able to contribute to international voluntary efforts to extinguish the fires,” he said in a press release.

Over 40 people have died and almost 17,000 evacuated in what is the worst civilian disaster in Israel’s history, according to Ynet News. Most of the casualties were cadets from the Israel Prison Service in a bus bound for Damon prison to move inmates.

Israeli Police arrested two teenage boys from the Druze village of Usfiya yesterday suspected of having started the fire, but their mother claims they are innocent.

“I’m extremely angry with the police for having arrested my sons. Police behaved violently,” she tells Ynet News.

Police are making no further comment for now, but investigators from the fire service and police believe the fire was the result of carelessness.

Firefighters have at last managed to gain partial control over the flames but are still hoping for rain, as they have not succeeded in containing the fire entirely.

The US Department of Defense also sent three American military planes, with further assistance from other countries, including Australia, Germany, Bulgaria, Greece and the UK.



Published on Sunday, 5th December, 2010 at 23:00 under the news category, by Nicoleta Sincan and Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: mount, carmel, haifa, israel, forest, fire, extinguish, helicopters, planes, firefighters, israeli, prison, service, damon, druze, village, usfiya.





  
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