Ma'ale Adumim: 3 pulled out of burning building in critical condition

Nine other residents of the building, including an infant, sustained minor injuries. In the settlement of Halamish, two firefighters were wounded in a massive fire that started in the early morning hours.
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Three Israelis are in critical condition after being rescued from a burning building in the settlement of Ma'ale Adumim near Jerusalem, where a fire broke out early Saturday morning. In the settlement of Halamish north of Ramallah, at least 15 houses were burned down and two firefighters were injured.

The flames in Ma'ale Adumim trapped dozens of residents inside the 20-story building. Firefighting forces rescued all of them using a crane. Three were taken to Hadassah Medical Center in critical condition while nine others, including one infant, sustained minor injuries.

In Halamish, all residents have been evacuated to nearby towns as the fire was nearing residential areas. 22 teams are still working to extinguish the flames, which are reportedly under control at the moment.

Photo credit: Israel Police/Channel 2 News

Deputy Police Chief Moshe Barkat held an assessment meeting overnight as Israel was entering its fifth consecutive day of multiple fires. "Luckily, no lives have been lost thanks to the activity of the forces in the field," he said. "Police and the IDF will continue to assist the firefighters, and will guard the abandoned homes and property until the residents have returned."

The fire in Nataf, which forces say is currently under control Photo credit: Fire Service/Channel 2 News

Earlier on Saturday, firefighters manage to gain control over the massive blaze in Nataf, where at least one house was heavily damaged in a fire that apparently started as a result of a Molotov cocktail thrown from the nearby Palestinian village of Qatanna.

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