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Israel highway crash involving bus, tractor kills 8, injures at least 20

  • An Israeli rescue officer inspects a bus following a crash near Lehavim, southern Israel, Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015. Israeli police say a crash involving a bus and a tractor has killed many people and wounded at least 20. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

    An Israeli rescue officer inspects a bus following a crash near Lehavim, southern Israel, Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015. Israeli police say a crash involving a bus and a tractor has killed many people and wounded at least 20. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)  (The Associated Press)

  • An Israeli military helicopter evacuates wounded people from a bus following a crash near Lehavim, southern Israel, Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015. Israeli police say a crash involving a bus and a tractor has killed many people and wounded at least 20. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

    An Israeli military helicopter evacuates wounded people from a bus following a crash near Lehavim, southern Israel, Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015. Israeli police say a crash involving a bus and a tractor has killed many people and wounded at least 20. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)  (The Associated Press)

  • The body of a woman lays inside a bus following a crash near  Lehavim, southern Israel, Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015. Israeli police say a crash involving a bus and a tractor has killed many people and wounded at least 20. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

    The body of a woman lays inside a bus following a crash near Lehavim, southern Israel, Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015. Israeli police say a crash involving a bus and a tractor has killed many people and wounded at least 20. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)  (The Associated Press)

Israeli police say a crash involving a bus and a tractor has killed eight people and wounded at least 20.

Police spokeswoman Luba Samri says it is not immediately clear what caused Tuesday's collision on a highway near the southern town of Lehavim.

Talal al-Krenawi, mayor of the nearby town of Rahat, told Channel 2 TV that the passengers were Bedouin residents of the area returning from a trip to Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque.

Rescue helicopters hovered above the scene, where some 30 ambulances were dispatched to treat the wounded. The windows on the left side of the bus were smashed. A tow truck carried two tractors, and other vehicles were also damaged.

Samri said police closed the road following the crash.