Thousands Evacuated as Wildfires Rage in Central Israel

Israeli firefighters battled multiple wildfires caused by a heat wave on May 23, Haaretz reported.

Some 3,500 people were evacuated from their homes in central Israel, the report said. Israel is experiencing a heatwave with temperatures up to 118 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the Times of Israel.

Some of the fires were caused by bonfires lit in celebration of the Jewish holiday of Lag Ba’omer, the Jerusalem Post said, citing officials. Credit: Israel Police via Storyful