Photo Credit: courtesy, Fire & Rescue of Judea & Samaria
Members of the Fire & Rescue Unit in Judea & Samaria view a portion of the flames threatening a neighborhood in Alfei Menashe.

Residents of a neighborhood in the Western Samaria Jewish community of Alfe Menashe were ordered to evacuate their homes early Sunday afternoon in the face of a massive, oncoming blaze.

The wildfire was reported to be at the outskirts of the town of 8,000 Israeli Jews when the Israel Police officers began to implement evacuation orders for residents of a street that where flames had already reached the neighborhood.

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The fire was moving rapidly with the aid of strong winds in the region.

Four firefighting aircraft and numerous groundcrew teams of firefighters were deployed to fight the flames.

The cause of the fire is unclear.

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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.