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Train Fire Injures More than 100 in Israel


Israeli fire fighters spray water to extinguish the flames of a burning train coach near Kibbutz Shfaim, close to the Israeli city of Netanya about 15 kms (nine miles) north of Tel Aviv, after the passenger train caught fire on 28 Dec 2010

Israeli fire fighters spray water to extinguish the flames of a burning train coach near Kibbutz Shfaim, close to the Israeli city of Netanya about 15 kms (nine miles) north of Tel Aviv, after the passenger train caught fire on 28 Dec 2010

Israeli officials say a fire on a passenger train traveling through central Israel injured more than 100 people Tuesday.

Authorities say most victims suffered from cuts and smoke inhalation, but at least five passengers sustained moderate injuries.

The Israel Railways train was traveling from Nahariya to Tel Aviv. Investigators say an initial probe indicates the fire started in a rear engine then began to spread. The Jerusalem Post says authorities believe an electrical short caused the blaze, but have not ruled out the possibility that terrorists tampered with the engine.

The fire is Israel's most serious train incident since August when seven family members were killed in a crash between a train and a minibus.

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