Extreme heatwave: Wildfires rage across Israel – Evacuations underway

Extreme heatwave: Wildfires rage across Israel - Evacuations underway

Dozens of families are being evacuated from their homes throughout Israel after wildfires started as a result of an extreme heatwave, sending hundreds of firefighters to battle the flames.

At least five homes are currently on fire in Or Yehuda in the Tel Aviv District of Gush Dan.

People have been evacuated from homes in the Jewish community of Shavei Shomron in northern Samaria.

Fire and rescue units from Beit Shemesh and Jerusalem are currently battling a huge fire that broke out between Moshav Aderet and Netiv Halamed Hey.

The fire broke out in a thorn grove on the road and rapidly developed due to the strong winds today. The teams are working hard to create a line of defense between the fire and nearby towns.

Additional forest fires also broke out in Modi’in, Petah Tikva, Kfar Sava and Kfar Yona in central Israel and in Ashdod in the south.

In the Haifa region, a fire was raging on the mountainside between the Check Post junction, the Neve Sha’anan neighborhood and the nearby town of Nesher.

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