Parts of Haifa are Ablaze.
Parts of Haifa continued ablaze as wildfires raged through the city for the third day, devouring forests and homes, sending panicked residents fleeing from the area. The intensity of the fires prompted the evacuation of tens of thousands of people. By this evening, nearly a quarter of the city’s population of 280,000 had been evacuated from their homes.
The country’s leaders raised the possibility that Arab assailants had intentionally set the blaze. Israel’s police chief said arson was suspected in some cases and PM Benjamin Netanyahu said any such attacks would amount to “terror”. “Every fire that was the result of arson or incitement to arson is terror in every way and we’ll treat it as such,” he was quoted by Haaretz newspaper as saying.
Some Palestinians were celebrating the fires on social media, posting congratulatory messages on Facebook. “Enjoy the burning of your homes, you Zionists,” one wrote. Others described the fires as divine retribution for legislation being advanced in Israel, with Mr. Netanyahu’s backing, to ban or restrict the use of loudspeakers by mosques and other houses of worship across Israel.
The Bnai Zion Medical Center has been on High Alert, since minutes after the tragedy hit.
Our Emergency Room has treated many of the injured and continues to deliver critical services to the firefighters and other first-responders and emergency service providers.
Bnai Zion Medical Center’s President, Dr. Amnon Rofe thanked the firemen and the police for their heroic work and commented that this situation demonstrates the great need for our planned protected Emergency Room to deal with natural disasters as well as terror. He added that he hoped that Haifa residents will return to peace and quiet and that our dedicated staff will all return to our routine, soon.
Bnai Zion provides critical support at times of need and always.