by Florian Flade
For days now Israel´s North is faced with the largest wild fires in the Jewish State´s history. More than 40 people already died in the fires spreading from Mt.Carmel up to the outskirts of coastal town Haifa.
Israel firefighters are battling the flames with the help of Turkish and Egyptian aircrafts while at least 30,000 people are being evacuated from the dangerous areas.
Meanwhile, a less-known Palestinian militant group called „Masadah Mujahidin in Palestine“ claims responsibility for the devastation, saying they laid the fire in North Israel and killed „40 Zionist occupiers“. The claim of responsibility was posted on the most influential Jihadi internet forum and bears all the marks of the usual terror group´s statements. Still, doubt remains, as teh „Masdarah Mujahidin“ only appeared once prior to the Wildfire claim, in June 2009 when the group announced their foundation.
Israeli media is reporting police have no evidence the fires are in fact the result of people igniting it on purpose but suspicion existed especially as two suspects were arrested yesterday. Police arrested two residents of the mainly Druze village of Daliat al-Carmel on suspicion they had attempted to ignite new fires in the Carmel hills yesterday, after they had been spotted by an Israeli Air Force drone.