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Dozens of Israeli Prison Guards Die in Fire

At least 37 prison guards died in a forest fire in Israel in December 2010. The guards were on their way to help evacuate prisoners – including Palestinian prisoners – at the Damon jail when they were killed.

The guards were traveling via bus when a burning tree fell in front of their vehicle in the Carmel mountains near the city of Haifa. The bus became engulfed in a massive forest fire covering nearly 7,000 acres.

“The bus had no chance,” a firefighter spokesman said. “They tried to escape but were burned alive. It was a horrific scene.”

“This is a disaster of unprecedented proportions. We are harnessing all the forces of the state to deal with this disaster and rescue those who are injured and to stop the fire,” stated Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The cause of the fire, which was described as the worst in Israel’s history, has not been determined. 12,000 people were evacuated as a result of the blaze, including those at a hospital, university and three prisons.

Sources:, Los Angeles Times,,

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