Photo Credit: Gershon Elinson / Flash 90
Fire fighters work to put out a fire that broke out in Kibbutz Migdal Oz in Gush Etzion, on July 25, 2016.

The hot and dry weather that has struck the region has caused numerous power outages around Israel, leading to traffic jams and motor vehicle accidents due to malfunctioning traffic lights.

There were numerous accidents with injured passengers on major arteries in Israel on Monday due to the malfunctioning traffic signals.

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The weather has also led to brush fires, forest fires and other issues around the country — including problems with the water in the yishuv of Nehemia. Residents there have been warned by the Health Ministry to “boil any water from the area until further notice, and not to use it for drinking, cooking, preparation of food or medicine or even brushing one’s teeth without first boiling it and straining it.”

In the central part of the Galilee, a team of firefighters battled a forest fire on Monday afternoon between the communities of Tefen and Kfar Horadim.

Firefighters were able to get the blaze under control and said no injuries were reported.

In the Romema neighborhood of Jerusalem, a separate fire caused major damage to a home late in the day.

One woman suffered smoke inhalation in the blaze. She received first aid on the scene before being evacuated to a local medical center. It’s not clear what caused the blaze.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.

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