A fire is raging in groves near Kibbutz Kalia near the Dead Sea in the West Bank, causing a portion of Route 90 — Israel’s main north-south highway — to be closed to traffic.
The blaze — which has now renewed after a fire overnight that was suspected as arson by Palestinians — is expanding toward Neve Midbar Beach and the nearby Biankini Beach, which have both been evacuated.
Many firefighting teams are on their way, according to the Israel Fire and Rescue Service.
שריפה מכיון קליה לנווה מדבר????
שמונה מטוסי כיבוי פועלים במקום ומבצעים הטלות של חומר מעכב בערה. pic.twitter.com/ZA5cPstGXv
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