Fire reaches Ramat Raziel; nearby hospital evacuated by helicopters

The big forest fire west of Jerusalem has reportedly reached the community of Ramat Raziel, as authorities start evacuating the patients and staff of the nearby Eitanim psychiatric hospital by helicopters.

IDF Home Front Command troops have been called in to aid the evacuation of the hospital.

Meanwhile, firefighters are battling the blaze, which is starting to burn through Ramat Raziel. All residents have been told to leave or to shut all their windows and await further instructions if they are unable to leave.

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