As fires raged across Israel Thursday evening eight Palestinian fire fighting crews arrived to Israel to put out the flames. Four crews entered in the north though the Gilboa crossing to assist teams in Haifa.
An additional four crews were sent to help with the fires in the Jerusalem area."Fire doesn't distinguish between Jews and Arabs," MK Ayman Odeh chairman of the Joint List stated earlier on Thursday. "It is heart breaking to see Carmel in flames. This is not the time for incitement. It is the time to join forced and do everything possible to save Carmel."Across the country hundreds of fire-fighters spread out to battle the wildfires raging in Haifa, Modi’in, Rishon Lezion and many other locations, a sense of existential emergency has begun to emerge. Among fire-fighters, rhetoric has been transformed from talk of fighting flames to that of fighting a battle.“We are at war,” Haifa Fire Service spokesman Uri Chibutro told Maariv. “It is very important to listen to all the personnel. At the moment the fire is not under control, and I advise everyone to listen to rescue teams and emergency instructions.” As of Thursday night 67 people remained hospitalized from fire related injuries. One person was moderately injured, the rest were lightly injured. Eliyahu Kamisher contributed to this report.
Fires rage across Israel. Video: Ariel Kedem, National Parks Authority.