Hundreds Evacuated As Bushfires Near Israel's Haifa

Hundreds evacuated as bushfires near Israel's Haifa

HAIFA, Israel, , (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 24th Nov, 2016 ) - Hundreds of Israelis fled their homes on the outskirts of the country's third city Haifa on Thursday with others trapped inside as firefighters struggled to control raging bushfires.

"We evacuated three neighbourhoods and there are people who are stuck," fire department spokesman Kayed Daher said. "The fire is still burning and the flames are approaching a gas station." Flames 10 metres (more than 30 feet) high were threatening several multi-storey tower blocks in one Haifa suburb, an AFP photographer at the scene reported.

"No injuries have been reported so far," police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said.