Photo Credit: Fire and Rescue spokesperson
Dairy barn seen with fire in the background at Kibbutz Revadim.

Forty families were evacuated from their homes late Tuesday night in the southern Israeli community of Kibbutz Revadim, in the Yoav Regional Council district.

The community, situated along the coastal plain, had been the scene of a major firefighting effort earlier in the evening, with thick smoke hanging over the houses, the dairy barn and the chicken coops.

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Residents were ordered out of their homes after tests of the air quality by the Environmental Protection Ministry and the Local Authorities Association made it clear there were high pollution levels still present in the kibbutz.

Those who were told to leave their homes spent the night with neighboring families; other residents were also warned to remain indoors.

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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.