As feared, the dead are young, in their late 20s and early 30s. They had beautiful new lives, spouses, and children, and homes.
This is such a terrible tragedy. They will need support and love and encouragement in the months and years to follow.
May Hashm comfort their families and friends.
Names of Some of 41 Fire Victims and Funeral Times Released
The Carmel fire, Israel's worst natural calamity ever, is not yet under control, despite the arrival of fire-fighting planes from Bulgaria and other countries. The fire is still threatening the Denya neighborhood in Haifa.
A fire department spokesman announced a request for all firefighters to come to relieve the exhausted firefighters of the north, who are refusing to leave the site, but are on the verge of collapse. He announced that the firefighting services are critically short of firefighting materials, complicated by the lack of rain and strong winds.
The names of several of the victims of the Carmel Forest tragic fire were released early on Friday morning:
Ronen Peretz (34) of Ashkelon is survived by his wife, Shirit, and two young children, ages 6 and 3.
Oshrat Pinto (26) of Tzfat will be laid to rest at 12:00 in the Tzfat military cemetery. She is survived by her parents and siblings.
Hagai Jorno (28) of Kiryat Gat will be laid to rest at 12:00 in his city's military cemetery. He is survived by his wife and a young daughter.
Ro'i Biton (28) of Kiryat Gat is survived by his wife, who is eight months pregnant, and a son.
Yakir Suissa (25) of Dimona will be laid to rest in the Dimona military cemetery at 12:00. He spoke to his sister shortly before the tragedy, and she heard him recite the Traveler's Prayer to a chorus of “amen”s. His father died three years ago after suffering a heart attack during a terrorist bombing.
Inbal Amoyal (26) of Dimona had finished a second degree in criminology and wished to serve in Israel's security forces like her brothers. She is survived by her parents and four siblings.
Siyum Tzagi (31) of Netivot will be laid to rest at 11:30 in the Netivot military cemetery. He is survived by his wife and three children.
Kfir Ohana (30) of Ofakim will be laid to rest in the Ofakim military cemetery at 12:00. He is survived by his wife Olga, who is nine months pregnant, and a 2-year-old daughter.
Wassim Abu-Reish (28) of Yarkha is survived by a wife and three children.
Topaz Even-Chen Klein (28) of Rehovot will be laid to rest in her city's military cemetery at 12:00.
Maor Ganon (27) of Gan Yavne will be laid to rest in the Yavne military cemetery at 12:00.
Beiber Shadi (35) of Kfar Jat will be buried in Kfar Jat at 12:00.
Tafash A'adel (33) of Beit Jan will be laid to rest at 12:00 in Beit Jan. He is survived by a wife and 2 children.
Eran Weisel (31) of Kiryat Bialik will be laid to rest at 12:00 in Haifa. He is survived by his wife and a child.
Early on Friday morning it was confirmed that the process of notifying the families of the victims has been completed. Concurrently, the process of identifying bodies continues at the Institute of Forensic Medicine at Abu Kabir.