Firefighters battling large blaze near Beit Shemesh

Firefighters are battling a large blaze near the central city of Beit Shemesh.

The fire erupted in a forest near the quarry of Moshav Zanoah, just south of the city.

Eight firefighting teams are on the scene and being assisted by four firefighting planes, the fire service says.

Two groups of tourists are evacuated from the area.

The blaze is not currently threatening homes.

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