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Wildfire Raging Near Jerusalem, Evacuation Underway, Highway Blocked – Videos

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Wildfires near Jerusalem - Sputnik International, 1920, 03.08.2021
TEL AVIV (Sputnik) - A major wildfire has broken out in a forest on the outskirts of Jerusalem, more than a dozen firefighting crews are involved in extinguishing the blaze, Israel's Fire and Rescue Services said.
The fire broke out in a forest near the settlement of Shoresh on Tuesday. Eight firefighting planes and a helicopter were rushed to the scene, the fire and rescue services said.
​Local residents have been evacuated and Highway 1, which connects Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, was blocked from Sha’ar Hagai interchange heading east, according to police.
​The wildfire is approaching a nearby gas station and planes are now spraying fire retardants to prevent the flames from getting too close.
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