Thursday, December 02, 2010

Mitzafon tipatach haraah . . .

Yirmiyahu/Jeremiah, chapter 1, verse 14.

That was my visceral reaction when I read Jameel's post about the fire(s) raging in northern Israel.

"A massive forest fire broke out near Haifa in Israel today and NASA took a image of it with the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Agua satellite. The photo was taken at 12:10pm local time.

You can see a red line on the outside of the fire drawn by NASA. Strong winds fueled the fire.

40 People died thus far of the fire and the fire is now totally out of control (time of writing). The worst hit part is Carmel Mountain
region, the IDF allocated all its resources to fight the fire.

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11:21 PM Updates: Over 12,000 people evacuated from their homes. Prison Services deny that 4 prisoners escaped. Foregin Minister Avigdor Leiberman announces that 12 countries are now sending firefighting planes and equipment...and that the Pentagon is checking if they have available equipment to send from the area."

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1:47 AM Jameel signing off for the night. Blogging will resume

in the early AM. Foreign fire fighting planes to arrive starting at 2 AM.

Unconfirmed reports of 66 casualties.

Hoping for a better tomorrow.


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Amen--hoping right along with you.

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Update from a JNF e-mail blast: If you'd like to donate to their Forest Fire Emergency Campaign, click here.

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Friday, December 3, 2010--Jameel continued to update yesterday's post with today's news:

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"2:45 PM Fire fighting team come to help from... Jordan! 20 fire trucks arrive, and Jordanian FM announces that 1000 Jordanian firemen are available and on stand-by for Israel

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3:04 PM Police officially announce they suspect arson after bag, wig, and bicycle found near center of one fire.

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4:02 PM 2 arsonists caught trying to start a new fire. Police interrogating them to discover connection to earlier fires."

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"Arsonist using Molotov cocktails to light fire. about 4 hours ago via Echofon"

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I first heard about the fire through a JNF email blast that went out late today. It's heart-breaking to hear about it. My rabbi is from Haifa, I'm sure his heart is breaking as well. I hope they can get it contained and out very soon, with God's help, and with no further loss of life.

Thu Dec 02, 09:22:00 PM 2010  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

Techelet, I got the same e-mail blast. I'm going to add the "donate" link to my post.

Fri Dec 03, 12:39:00 AM 2010  

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