Firefighters battle forest fire outside Jerusalem

A forest fire is blazing outside Jerusalem, according to first responders.

A statement from the Fire and Rescue Services say that the flames began at the Shoresh Junction along the Highway between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Four firefighting planes have been called to battle against the blaze.

Firefighters are working to prevent the flames from spreading to nearby towns, the statement says, adding that a food truck compound near the site has been evacuated.

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