Wildfires Blaze in Hills Near Jerusalem

Wildfires blazed in hills near Jerusalem on June 9, according to Israel Fire and Rescue Services.

Footage posted to Twitter by Israel Fire and Rescue Services shows a large fire blazing in a wooded area.

Israeli officials said around 10 planes had been deployed to douse the flames, along with an elite firefighting force.

Local news reported that, in addition to the planes, there had been over 70 firefighting teams and two helicopters deployed to fight the wildfires. Residents in Kibbutz Ma’ale HaHamisha have been ordered to evacuate their homes, even though the fire closest to the area has been contained, according to the Jerusalem Post. Credit: Israel Fire and Rescue Services via Storyful

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