November 24, 2016

A huge wildfire erupted Thursday in the Mimes area in the southern region of Hasbaya, state-run National News Agency reported.

“The flames are gutting forestlands and olive trees,” NNA said.

Civil Defense firefighters assisted by residents are trying to douse the blaze, the agency added.

Raging bushfires have forced the evacuation of tens of thousands of people from parts of Israel’s northern third city Haifa on Thursday as firefighters struggled to control blazes across Israel.

Israeli officials have attributed the bushfires to an unusually dry autumn and strong winds.