Israel — The death count from the worst forest fire in Israel’s history has risen to 43, after one of the students travelling on the bus carrying Prison Service guards succumbed on Saturday to critical injuries sustained in the huge brushfire in the Carmel region.
Jalal Bissan, 29, was critically injured when the bus he was travelling on last Thursday was trapped in the flames on their way to Damon jail in the Carmel region to help evacuate inmates there.
Bissan, resident of the Arab village Jatt in the northern Galilee, suffered from burns covering 90 percent of his body, and was hospitalized in critical condition in Rambam Hospital in Haifa. He died on Saturday nine days after the deadly fire erupted.
Among the dead were 36 cadets from the Prison Service guards’ course, who were en route to the Damon jail to help evacuate inmates there.
Two police officers and a 16-year-old boy, who rushed to help emergency crews, have also perished. The boy was identified as Elad Rebin from Haifa, who was working as a volunteer firefighter.
Head of the Haifa Police Department, Deputy Commander Ahuva Tomer was also killed in the fire. Tomer had been driving behind the bus full of prison cadets that burned up in the flames.