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Fire in north forces residents to evacuate homes

A fire blazing near the town of Nof Hagalil in Israel’s north has forced the evacuation of some residents, as firefighters attempt to control the flames.

Residents living on the outskirts of Nof Hagalil, formerly known as Nazareth Illit, have been told to leave their homes. Multiple firefighting planes are working alongside ground forces to counter the blaze.

Israel’s firefighting forces are stretched particularly thin as they also battle flames raging in the towns surrounding Jerusalem for a third straight day. While Israel declined international assistance in fighting those fires, it accepted help from Palestinian Authority firefighters who joined the efforts earlier today.

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