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16 May 2020 | 05:48 PM UTC

Israel/Palestinian Terr.: Officials issue evacuation orders as bushfires burn nationwide May 16

Israel News Alert

Officials issue evacuation orders as bushfires burn nationwide amid heatwave on May 16; further risk of fires over the near term as hot weather continues

TIMEFRAME expected from 5/16/2020, 12:00 AM until 5/23/2020, 11:59 PM (Asia/Jerusalem). COUNTRY/REGION West Bank


On Saturday, May 16, authorities evacuated 19 homes in Tslafon, near Beit Shemesh (Central district), due to bushfires in the Tzora forest. Bushfires were also reported in Wadi Ara (Haifa district), and the Eshkol Regional Council (Southern district). All fires have been brought under control as of Saturday afternoon (local time), but authorities have warned residents to remain vigilant and not to light fires in open areas, parks, or forests. Israel has been experiencing a heatwave, with temperatures expected to reach 46⁰C (114.8⁰F) in areas of the country in the coming days.

Further fires are possible in the near term, presenting a risk of travel disruptions in affected areas.


Individuals in the affected areas are advised to monitor local weather reports, keep abreast of warnings, anticipate transportation and power disruptions, confirm road conditions prior to travelling, and adhere to any instructions issued by local authorities, particularly evacuation orders.

Individuals in Israel are advised to monitor local weather reports, avoid strenuous activities, minimize time spent outdoors, particularly during midday, wear loose-fitting clothing, drink plenty of water and avoid dehydrating liquids, such as alcoholic, sugary, or caffeinated drinks, and seek immediate medical attention if exhibiting symptoms of heat stroke, such as nausea, confusion, headache, rapid and strong pulse, and dry skin.


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