Infantry Soldiers Begin to Rebuild the Carmel

Archive photo: IDF (Zahal) Spokesperson

Hundreds of infantry soldiers from the IDF (Zahal)’s Nachal Brigade spent Thursday (Dec. 23) cleaning and rebuilding walking paths in the areas of the destroyed Carmel forest

Date: 23/12/2010, 9:01 PM     Author: IDF (Zahal) Website

As many as 1,000 soldiers from the IDF (Zahal)’s Nachal infantry Brigade helped clear and rebuild various walking paths, paint signs and more on Thursday (Dec. 23), in the areas damaged by the Carmel fires.

On Thursday (Dec. 2), a blazing fire began spreading wildly through the Carmel Forest near Haifa (northern Israel), annihilating over 750 acres and causing a bus carrying as many as 50 passengers to overturn, allegedly after the driver lost control of the vehicle because of the fire and surrounding smoke as it drove between kibbutz Beit Oren and Damon Prison. The tragedy resulted in 44 deaths.

Firefighting delegations from around the world rallied to help Israel stop the spread of fire including planes and helicopters from Greece, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Britain, Turkey, Russia, France, Italy, the US and Switzerland.

The IDF (Zahal), too, continually sent forces to assist in the fight including forces from the IAF, thousands of soldiers, hundreds of vehicles, dozens of engineering machines and military firefighting vehicles. All operated for days until the fire was finally put out on Sunday (Dec. 5).