Police on Sunday evacuated dozens of residents from a number of residential buildings in the northern city of Safed after a nearby brush fire spread to homes in the northern Israeli city, rescue workers said.

The decision to evacuate people from their homes was made over fears that residents would be trapped inside the burning homes. At least 15 houses were destroyed.

Additional firefighting crews and firefighting planes were called into battle the fire, which was later said to be brought under control.

In addition to the apartment buildings, a number of cars parked nearby also caught fire.

The Magen David Adom ambulance service said it evacuated two people in mild condition as a result of the blaze. Hebrew media reports later said that seven people in total were evacuated after suffering from smoke inhalation.

Also Sunday, IDF soldiers and UN peacekeeping forces were evacuated from their posts in the Golan Heights after a large brush fire breaks out in the area.

Firefighters were working to put out the fire raging near the kibbutz Metzar.

There were no reports of injuries or damage.

Earlier Sunday, a fire broke out near the West Bank settlement of Beit El, leading rescue crews to evacuate three people in moderate condition from smoke inhalation, according to Hebrew media reports.

Residents of some 15 homes were also reported to have been ordered to leave their homes, but were later allowed to return, after the fire had been largely brought under control.

Emergency crews were investigating the cause of the blaze.