Fire breaks out in Jerusalem's forests

09:48, July 18, 2011      

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A fire broke out and spread Sunday through Jerusalem's forests, next to Mount Herzl and the Holocaust Museum, while strong winds hindered firefighters' attempts to extinguish the blazes.

Israeli Police blocked all the main roads in the area. Firefighting planes and several firefighter teams are on the scene.

"It's getting very hard to put an end to the fire," Israeli Fire and Rescue Service spokesman Yoram Levy told Xinhua, "It's spreading out of control, I really can't say when we will put it out."

The Holocaust Museum, Yad Vashem, had to be evacuated when the fire broke out Sunday afternoon, as well as the neighborhood of Har Homa located in the vicinity.

The authorities feared that the fire may reach the Pi Glilot Petroleum terminal.

Last Thursday another fire broke out in the nature reserve of Ein Tina in the Galilee and burned hundreds of acres of land.

Source: Xinhua
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