After 77 hours, fire that was raging across northern Israel finally contained; small blazes still burn in several locations; firefighters to stay at the scene to complete all extinguishing operations.
New photos document tragic last moments of bus caught in Carmel fire were published.
37 Prison Service cadets perished after their bus trapped in flames on its way to evacuate a nearby prison.
The images were taken by a amateur photographer and reveal the final moments of what may be the most dramatic moments of the wildfire that has been ravaging the Carmel since Thursday.
Gaza Hamas leader: Carmel fires are Israel's divine punishment.
Ismail Haniyeh says Allah is punishing Israelis for 'what they did,' during emergency prayers in Gaza City to ask for rain.
President Peres: Carmel fire disaster proves Jews, Arabs share the same fate.
Speaking at the funeral of a teenage fire-fighting volunteer, one of the 41 casulties in the Carmel disaster, President says that while Israel missed firefighting equipment, it made up for that lack with courage and a volunteering spirit.
The worst wildfire in Israel's history teaches Israelis that Jews and Arabs share the same fate, President Shimon Peres said on Sunday - Speaking at the funeral of fire-fighting teenager Elad Rebin in Nesher, Peres, referring to the bushfire that had been tearing through the Carmel since Thursday, that the "disaster taught us that all of us, Jews, Arabs, Druze, and other peoples, share the same fate."
"The skies were suddenly filled with pilots and planes from twenty different countries," the president said, adding that, on the ground, came "fire trucks and firefighters from neighbors and [nations] far away – Greece, Germany, France, Britain, Italy, Cyprus, Bulgaria, the United States, Russia, and more."
21 Palestinian firefighters help battle Carmel blaze
Head of Palestinian team says assistance is a 'humanitarian gesture' that has nothing to do with Israel-PA relations.
Twenty-one Palestinian firefighters arrived at the Mount Carmel region on Sunday to assist Israel in its battle against the huge wildfire which has claimed the lives of 41 people.
"I've dreamed of visiting Haifa for a long time," Ibrahim Ayash, the head of the Palestinian rescue team told Ynet, "But unfortunately I came at a very sad time."
Firefighters have finally managed to fully contain the massive Carmel blaze on Sunday afternoon, after 77 hours of battling the flames in northern Israel.
Following a situation assessment, firefighting crews have concluded that the fire was completely contained in all locations, however all forces would remain at the scene to carry out final fire extinguishing operations.
Firefighting commissionership operations officer Boaz Rakia said that the control of the fire means that the populated areas in the north which were evacuated are no longer in danger.
"The fact that we contained the blaze doesn't mean we won't see some renewal of fire," Rakia said. "The fire is still burning in some locations and the winds are still strong."
Earlier Sunday, the world's largest firefighting aircraft, the American "Evergreen" Boeing 747 Super Tanker, took to the skies in a last push to put out the flames that were still burning through the Carmel Mountains.
The firefighting forces included 35 aircrafts, 24 of which were provided by foreign countries.
The fire, which was burning since Thursday, claimed 41 lives and destroyed nearly 50,000 dunams of land in the Carmel region.
Early on Sunday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered to halt the arrival of new foreign firefighting aircraft, after apparently accepting an Israel Air Force recommendation that the existing firefighting force was providing the best response to the bushfire, the worst in Israel's history.
Click to view image: 'The smoke from the Carmel as was seen from space'
Click to view image: 'The death bus seconds before the tragedy'
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Click to view image: 'Greek plane taking water in Israel shore'
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Click to view image: 'Rusian plane in action above the Carmel'
Click to view image: 'Helicopter from cyprus taking water in Israel sea'
Click to view image: 'The American supertanker in action above Carmel'
Click to view image: 'The bus under fire'
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