Massive fire sends black cloud over Jerusalem and engulfs neighboring communities – .

Massive fire sends black cloud over Jerusalem and engulfs neighboring communities – .

A huge forest fire broke out outside Jerusalem, burning hundreds of acres of forests and endangering neighboring communities. The high temperatures and high winds contributed to the rapid spread of the blaze west of Israel’s capital.

“This may be the biggest fire in recent years in the Jerusalem hills,” said Jerusalem District Fire Commander Nissim Toito.

The fire reached the outskirts of Eitanim Medical Center, a psychiatric facility in the Jerusalem Hills, and all patients were successfully evacuated by vehicle, according to Kan Radio.

According to Public Security Minister Omer Bar Lev, three people from the hospital are missing, but this may be due to a counting error, and the case is under investigation.

A view from Baka of the Beit Meir fire (credit: Shira Silkoff)

Residents of Beit Meir, Ksalon, Ramat Raziel and Givat Ye’arim were evacuated from their homes, some of which caught fire.

Itzik Shmuli, a former government minister who was among the evacuees, took to Twitter to share his experience, talking about the things you take when you have five minutes to pack the most important things. “It’s at a horrible time like this, when a big fire threatens to destroy and burn the center of your life that you learn to appreciate all the more and hold on to what you’ve managed to pack.” in five minutes: your partner and two of the wonderful children, three cats and some emotional memories of a lifetime, ”he wrote.

“Thank you to our firefighters who have been fighting this fire for a few hours, may we get through this safely,” he added.

The spread of the fire towards Beit Meir, Shoresh and Shoeva was stopped, but the fire continued to spread towards Tzuba, Ein Kuba, Ein Rafa and Ye’arim.

Three people were treated for smoke inhalation but were not hospitalized.

A view of the smoke from the Beit Meir fire from Modiin (Credit: YONAH JEREMY BOB)

Twelve firefighting planes were working to try to stop the spread with firefighters on the ground.

A view of the Beit Meir fire from Gilo (credit: SETH J. FRANTZMAN)

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett cut short a Security Cabinet meeting for consultations on the wildfires in the Jerusalem hills.

Following the consultations, he called a meeting with Defense Minister Benny Gantz, Public Security Minister Omer Bar Lev, Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked, Chief of Police and Fire Services and relief, and others.

Defense Minister Benny Gantz ordered the IDF to participate in efforts to put out the blaze. The home front national operations room was opened in order to coordinate the various security forces.


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