Part of main Jerusalem highway closed due to fires; train service temporarily halted

Police close a portion of Route 1, the main highway leading to Jerusalem, in both directions due to several large fires that broke out in the area.

Israel Railways says it is halting train service between Ben Gurion Airport and Jerusalem’s Yitzhak Navon station at the request of firefighters.

A spokesman with the Fire and Rescue services tells Army Radio that firefighters have to gain control over the blazes and that some residents of the community of Yad Hashmona were evacuated.

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