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First Carmel fire victims identified, as Israel grapples with national tragedy

December 3, 2010 | 12:13 am

At least 40 Israelis have been killed in a forest fire in northern Israel described as out of control, Dec. 2, 2010.(Flash90)

At least 40 Israelis have been killed in a forest fire in northern Israel described as out of control, Dec. 2, 2010.(Flash90)

As medical crews labor through the difficult task of identifying the victims of a massive brushfire ravaging Israel’s north, Israel Police released Friday the names of eight of those who found their death in the blaze.

Most of the dead from the blaze were students on the Prison Service’s guards’ course on their way to the Damon jail to help evacuate inmates there. When a fallen tree blocked a road, their bus was trapped in the flames, killing as many as 40 passengers.

These are the names of those killed in the incident involving the Prison Service bus:

Topaz Even-Hen Klein, 28, married, Rehovot resident. Her funeral will take place at 12:00 P.M. on Friday at Rehovot’s military cemetery.

Maor Ganon, 27, married with child, Gan Yavne resident. His funeral will take place today at 12:00on P.M. Friday at the Yavne military cemetery.

Read more at HAARETZ.com.

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