Hundreds evacuated near Jerusalem as wildfires continue

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The growing wave, with sometimes dozens of outbreaks a day reported up and down the country, has heated up Jewish Israelis' suspicions of the state's Arab minority and the Palestinians.

The mass fire ripping through Israel saw tens of thousands of residents forced to flee their homes, while wildfires also spread across the occupied West Bank, from the northern district of Nablus to Hebron in the southern West Bank.

Haifa municipality estimated the damage in the city at $120 million, and said that of the 1,784 homes affected by the fires 572 were no longer habitable.

In the West Bank, firefighters battling to save the Israeli community of Nataf were assisted by Palestinian firefighters sent to help by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

Faced for the past four days with fires across the country fed by drought and high winds, Israel has been promised airborne assistance by Russia, France, Turkey, Cyprus, Greece, Italy and Croatia.

Foreign fire-fighting airplanes arrived in Israel on Friday (November 25), to help efforts to tackle massive wildfires tearing through central and northern Israel.

An Israeli village west of Jerusalem was evacuated due to fires raging on its margins, as some firefighting efforts were being diverted from Israel's north to its center.

More than a dozen Israeli Arabs and Palestinians were arrested, suspected of starting fires or inciting arson.

Whether they were set by accident or on objective is not yet known, however, meteorologists say a long summer with a lack of rain and strong winds have brought about ideal conditions for the fires to spread.

He said a number of government officials have already spoken to her and her husband.

In addition to calling for help from overseas and directing all its firefighting forces to Haifa, the Israeli military deployed two search-and-rescue battalions to the area, and reservists from the Homefront Command were brought in to assist in evacuating civilians.

Although no fatalities were reported, hundreds of people needed hospitals care after they inhaled smoke, and on Thursday about 75,000 people were evacuated from Haifa, Israel's third-largest city, after fires broke out in multiple sites.

Israeli police said about 100 families were being evacuated from the area, as the fire spun out of control.

Spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said on Thursday that police are investigating all possible causes, including arson.

Israeli police have arrested four Palestinians in connection with one of several large fires that damaged homes and prompted the evacuation of thousands of people over the past few days.

Israeli officials have been quoted by local media as saying that at least some of the fires were believed to have been the result of arson.

Netanyahu said arson appeared to be responsible for some fires and accused the perpetrators of terrorism.

"Only those to whom the country does not belong are capable of burning it", he said in a tweet in Hebrew.

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