50,000 FLEE RAG­ING IS­RAELI BUSH­FIRES

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

HAIFA: Rag­ing bush­fires forced the evac­u­a­tion of tens of thou­sands of peo­ple from parts of Is­rael's third city Haifa yes­ter­day as fire­fight­ers strug­gled to con­trol blazes across the coun­try. Some res­i­dents were trapped in their homes as the army called up re­servists to help cope with a third day of fires which au­thor­i­ties spec­u­lated could have been started de­lib­er­ately. Haifa mu­nic­i­pal­ity spokesman Or Doron told AFP that 50,000 of the city's roughly 250,000 res­i­dents had been evac­u­ated. Po­lice spokesman Micky Rosen­feld said res­i­dents in eight neigh­bour­hoods had been told to leave.

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