Carmel fire plane 311 AP.
(photo credit: Associated Press)
Foreign firefighters and aircraft poured into Israel Friday, in an
unprecedented wave of international assistance
as the country battled a
huge forest fire
that has killed over 40 people and displaced thousands.
Some 100 firefighters from Bulgaria have arrived as well as forces from
Jordan and Greece. Fire extinguishing planes were on their way from
Britain and Cyprus as well as aid from the United States, Russia, Egypt,
Spain, Azerbaijan, Romania and Turkey — which put aside recent tensions
to lend a hand.
Investigators speculated that the fire could have been sparked
accidentally, or it might have been deliberately set.