Police carried out an emergency evacuation of 5,000 residents of the city of Nof HaGalil on Friday due to a massive wildfire in the Galilee in northern Israel. This was reported by the press service of law enforcement agencies.
“In the north, in the Nof HaGalil region, police and firefighters carried out an emergency evacuation of 5,000 people due to a rapidly spreading forest fire. Seven buildings were damaged by the flames,” the statement said.
Earlier on Friday, the police press service informed that firefighters are involved in extinguishing a major wildfire near the village of Umm al-Kutuf in the Wadi Ara valley in northern Israel. According to the state radio station Kan, four special fire-fighting aircraft are involved in the fight against the elements.
The Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper points out that sections of the trans-Israel highway in the northern part of the Jewish state are blocked due to fires caused by the hot weather. According to the publication, natural fires began in the area of the Jewish settlements of Mevo-Dotan and Beit-Khefer on the West Bank of the Jordan River.