Wildfires, fed by high winds and dry weather conditions, are raging across Israel. In the coastal city of Haifa, 60,000 people have been evacuated from their homes. Dozens of homes have burned down, over 100 people have been treated for injuries so far, and tens of thousands more are threatened by the blazes:
Residents of a total of 11 neighborhoods in the city were told to leave their homes, as fires in at least five locations consumed homes and businesses. By late afternoon, more than 100 people in the Haifa area had been treated for fire-related injuries, mostly smoke inhalation.
Israel Police chief Roni Alsheich said some of the fires were set by arsonists, “presumably with nationalist motives,” but most were not. He said some suspects were in custody. Top Arab MK Ayman Odeh called the arsonists “enemies of us all.”
Greece, Russia, Cyprus and Turkey were among the nations that sent firefighting planes and other equipment to help fight the fires
Rest assured that The Fellowship is on the ground providing lifesaving aid to those in harm’s way. As you sit down to celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends, please pray for the safety of the people of Israel in the path of these fires.