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May 26, 2016 10:17 am

Jerusalem Residents Evacuated After Major Fire Breaks Out in Forest

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Hundreds of Jerusalem residents were evacuated after a major forest fire spread  in the Ramot area. Photo: Twitter/Israel Hatzalah.

Hundreds of Jerusalem residents were evacuated after a major forest fire spread in the Ramot area. Photo: Twitter/Israel Hatzalah.

Residents were evacuated from their homes in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Ramot and the nearby town of Mevasseret Zion on Thursday after a large fire broke out in the Ramot forest.

Emergency and rescue services said the fire was rapidly spreading in the direction of the southern part of the Ramot neighborhood, leading to a call on residents to leave their homes. A nearby horse ranch was also evacuated. In Mevasseret Zion, police forces were evacuating homes near the forest.

Read full story at Haaretz.

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