Photo Credit: Israel Fire & Rescue
Fire in Bat Ayin, Gush Etzion. June 6, 2021

A massive fire erupted Sunday afternoon close to the Gush Etzion town of Bat Ayin.

A number of roads in the Gush Etzion area were closed to traffic and residents living in the outer line of houses in Bat Ayin were evacuated for their own safety.

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As the blaze approached the community, the winds blowing in the area were unfortunately feeding the flames while helping the fire to spread.

In addition to the firefighting teams from the Judea Regional Station, firefighters from other districts streamed to the site to help their colleagues get control over the flames.

Firefighters from the Dan District were sent to help those in Gush Etzion, plus two firefighting planes from the El’ad Squadron flew to the site to help contain the flames.

Massive Fire Spreading from Outskirts of Jerusalem, Tzur Hadassah

Over the weekend on Friday and again on Saturday, flames erupted near the Judean town of Tzur Hadassah.

On Friday the flames broke out in a forest in the Jerusalem hills, near Tzur Hadassah.

The flames began to spread towards the Jewish city of Beitar Illit, and another Jewish community, Givot, on Saturday morning, forcing the temporary evacuation of dozens of families.

Some 35 firefighting teams and at least 10 firefighting planes were involved in the effort to extinguish the blaze, which burned at least 50 dunams.

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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.