Photos: Israeli wildfire

December 5, 2010 12:54 p.m. EST
 

Dozens of people have been killed by a wildfire raging across northern Israel. Shifting winds have made the inferno harder to control. The blaze has been described as the worst in the nation's history.


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On Friday, December 3, Israeli firefighters look for the remains of their colleague in Belt Oren, Israel. The wildfire has killed more than 40 people.


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Firefighters battle the blaze in Tirat HaCarmel, Israel, on Friday.


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The Israeli Cabinet met Friday in Tel Aviv to formulate a response to the blaze.


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An Israeli woman reacts Friday as the fire moves closer to houses in Tirat HaCarmel.


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Firefighting aircraft from various countries began to arrive in Israel on Friday morning as more offers of help from around the world came in.


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Even Turkey sent aircraft to help. Relations between Turkey and Israel have been tense since last spring, when Israeli commandos boarded a Turkish ship carrying humanitarian aid for Gaza and killed nine people.


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Among the many aircraft sent to help, the United States sent a Boeing 747 filled with chemical retardants to help fight the flames.