Worst blaze in Israel's 62-year history

Published December 9th, 2010 - 10:17 GMT

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Burnt bodies lie on the ground after a bus was trapped in a huge forest fire that raged out of control near Israel northern city of Haifa
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Image 1 of 19: Burnt bodies lie on the ground after a bus was trapped in a huge forest fire that raged out of control near Israel northern city of Haifa

A forest fire rages out of control in front of a residential house  in the hills above the coastal Israeli city of  Haifa.
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Image 1 of 19: A forest fire rages out of control in front of a residential house in the hills above the coastal Israeli city of Haifa.

Israeli medics evacuate a burnt policeman from the site of raging fire in the Carmel Forest near Israel northern city of Haifa
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Image 1 of 19: Israeli medics evacuate a burnt policeman from the site of raging fire in the Carmel Forest near Israel northern city of Haifa

Israeli water tankers arrive to extinguish  a raging fire  in the city of Kiyriat Carmel, Carmel Forest
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Image 1 of 19: Israeli water tankers arrive to extinguish a raging fire in the city of Kiyriat Carmel, Carmel Forest

Israeli firefighters work on the slope of a burning hill in Tirat Ha Carmel near the northern city of Haifa
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Image 1 of 19: Israeli firefighters work on the slope of a burning hill in Tirat Ha Carmel near the northern city of Haifa

Israeli firefighters work on the slope of a burning hill in Tirat Ha Carmel near the northern city of Haifa
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Image 1 of 19: Israeli firefighters work on the slope of a burning hill in Tirat Ha Carmel near the northern city of Haifa

The sun rises amidst smoke of ongoing fire in Tirat Ha Carmel near the northern city of Haifa.
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Image 1 of 19: The sun rises amidst smoke of ongoing fire in Tirat Ha Carmel near the northern city of Haifa.

Israeli firefighters try to extinguish fire in the Carmel Forest near the northern city of Haifa, as global help poured in to battle the biggest inferno in the country history
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Image 1 of 19: Israeli firefighters try to extinguish fire in the Carmel Forest near the northern city of Haifa, as global help poured in to battle the biggest inferno in the country history

An Israeli firefighter stands at the site of a burning house in the village of Ein Hod, as the massive fire ripping through northern Israel was still incinerating swathes of land, with little sign that Israeli and foreign firefighters were winning the battle to contain it.
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Image 1 of 19: An Israeli firefighter stands at the site of a burning house in the village of Ein Hod, as the massive fire ripping through northern Israel was still incinerating swathes of land, with little sign that Israeli and foreign firefighters were winning the battle to contain it.

Israeli firefighters take a break after dousing flames in the village of Ein Hod.
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Image 1 of 19: Israeli firefighters take a break after dousing flames in the village of Ein Hod.

An Israeli firefighter prepares to douse a burning house in the Artists; village of Ein Hod near the northern city of Haifa.
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Image 1 of 19: An Israeli firefighter prepares to douse a burning house in the Artists; village of Ein Hod near the northern city of Haifa.

Palestinian firefighters get ready to cross the Israeli-controlled Jalama checkpoint near the West Bank city of Jenin, as they head to the Israeli city of Haifa to join the battle against a blazing Israeli forest.
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Image 1 of 19: Palestinian firefighters get ready to cross the Israeli-controlled Jalama checkpoint near the West Bank city of Jenin, as they head to the Israeli city of Haifa to join the battle against a blazing Israeli forest.

US Evergreen 747 supertanker sprays over an area in Ein Hod in the Carmel Forest in the outskirts of Haifa, as dozens of firefighting planes from around the world battled the blaze, which has killed 41 people so far.
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Image 1 of 19: US Evergreen 747 supertanker sprays over an area in Ein Hod in the Carmel Forest in the outskirts of Haifa, as dozens of firefighting planes from around the world battled the blaze, which has killed 41 people so far.

A dog stands at a burnt house in the village of Ein Hod in the outskirts of Haifa.
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Image 1 of 19: A dog stands at a burnt house in the village of Ein Hod in the outskirts of Haifa.

A firefighting airplane prepares to replenish water from the Mediterranean sea near the city of Haifa as the deadly fire which has swept a forest in northern Israel has almost come to an end following a four-day battle aided by aircraft from the around the world.
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Image 1 of 19: A firefighting airplane prepares to replenish water from the Mediterranean sea near the city of Haifa as the deadly fire which has swept a forest in northern Israel has almost come to an end following a four-day battle aided by aircraft from the around the world.

Israeli Nissan Cohen, 84, inspects his burnt Nisco Museum of Music boxes and Mechanical Music, in the artists village of Ein Hod near the northern city of Haifa, after a massive forest fire was finally brought under control, with the assistance of equipment and personnel from more than 16 countries.
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Image 1 of 19: Israeli Nissan Cohen, 84, inspects his burnt Nisco Museum of Music boxes and Mechanical Music, in the artists village of Ein Hod near the northern city of Haifa, after a massive forest fire was finally brought under control, with the assistance of equipment and personnel from more than 16 countries.

Israeli police officers mourn during the funeral of their comrade, Haifa Police Chief Ahuva Tomer. The death toll from Israelv massive forest fire rose to 42 with the death of Tomer, Israeli public radio reported.
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Image 1 of 19: Israeli police officers mourn during the funeral of their comrade, Haifa Police Chief Ahuva Tomer. The death toll from Israelv massive forest fire rose to 42 with the death of Tomer, Israeli public radio reported.

A burnt trees in front of fire-damaged homes are seen in Beit Oren after the forest fire was finally brought under control. Scorched and blackened areas of Israel Mount Carmel forest, razed by the flames of the country worst-ever fire, will take decades to return to their once-lush glory.
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Image 1 of 19: A burnt trees in front of fire-damaged homes are seen in Beit Oren after the forest fire was finally brought under control. Scorched and blackened areas of Israel Mount Carmel forest, razed by the flames of the country worst-ever fire, will take decades to return to their once-lush glory.

Israeli police officers carry the coffin of their comrade, Haifa Police Chief Ahuva Tomer, who died of her wounds after she was trapped with her car in raging fires which erupted in the Carmel Forest near Haifa.m
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Image 1 of 19: Israeli police officers carry the coffin of their comrade, Haifa Police Chief Ahuva Tomer, who died of her wounds after she was trapped with her car in raging fires which erupted in the Carmel Forest near Haifa.m

Thousands of firemen and rescue workers fight to control blazes in which 41 have already died. The fires are the worst in Israel's 62-year history.

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