Homes evacuated after wildfires break out in central Israel amid extreme heatwave

A large fire broke out at a forest between Moshav Tzelafon and Kibbutz Tzora north of the city of Beit Shemesh in central Israel.

Border Police and firefighters evacuated the first line of houses in Tzalfon as firefighting planes worked alongside teams on the ground in order to curb the spread of the fires.

On Sunday an extreme heatwave is set to hit the country, with temperatures expected to rise and reach 46°C (114.8°F) in the coming days. The heatwave is expected to ease only by the end of next week.

Israel Fire and Rescue Services released a statement saying that lighting fires should be avoided.

Nature and Parks Authority has called on the public to refrain from hiking on open nature trails in the coming days.