Catholic leaders in the Holy Land expressed solidarity with those affected by regional wildfires, which continued to burn after five days.
“We thank God for the fact that the majority of human injuries were light; we express our solidarity with those who suffer from physical or material damage,” they said in a statement.
“Our country needs the fire of love which unites people, expands hearts and thoughts and enables a safe life full of faith, justice and love.”
By 28th November security officials said most fires were under control; of the 90 fires that broke out throughout Israel and the West Bank, 40 were suspected arson, they said, adding they believe the outbreak of the initial fires was due to a combination of negligence, accidents and dry, windy weather after a two-month drought.
Local mosques and Christian institutions made themselves available for those evacuees in need of a place to stay, though the majority of the people stayed with family and friends or in hotels.
Picture: A plane drops fire retardant during a wildfire near Nataf, Israel, on 26th November. (CNS photo/Ronen Zvulun, Reuters).