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Residents of some towns near Jerusalem allowed to return home after blaze

Smoke billows from a forest fire near Shoresh, outside Jerusalem, on August 16, 2021. (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP)
Smoke billows from a forest fire near Shoresh, outside Jerusalem, on August 16, 2021. (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP)

Resident of Givat Ye’arim and Kibbutz Tzova outside Jerusalem have been cleared to return to their homes after flames in those areas have come under control, say firefighting officials.

Firefighters are still working to battle flames in other areas of the hills surrounding Jerusalem for the third consecutive day as high winds threaten to reignite some areas.

Separately, a forest fire is raging near a school in Nof Hagalil (formerly known as Nazareth Illit). Four firefighting planes are working to douse the flames, with forces stretched thin due to efforts near Jerusalem.

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