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Tens of thousands evacuated as Israeli wildfires rage

Tens of thousands evacuated as Israeli wildfires rage

People drive past a fire in the northern Israeli port city of Haifa. Photograph: Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images

People drive past a fire in the northern Israeli port city of Haifa. Photograph: Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images

France, Russia, Turkey and Cyprus are to send firefighting planes to Israel as the country battles fierce forest fires that have triggered the evacuation of tens of thousands of people, including 11 neighbourhoods in Haifa.

Strengthening east winds on top of warm, dry weather have helped spread the blazes in several areas of the country for a third day, including outside Jerusalem, where fires temporarily closed the main motorway linking the city to Tel Aviv…

 

Central America Hit By A 7.2 Earthquake While Battling Hurricane Otto

A 7.2 earthquake hit off El Salvador’s Pacific coast Thursday, setting off a tsunami alert. The quake came as Nicaragua was coping with Hurricane Otto, which made landfall off the nation’s Atlantic coast.  There have been no reports of injuries or damage due to the magnitude 7.2 earthquake, according to the US Geological Survey. Lina Pohl, Al Salvador’s environment minister, told the Associated Press that waves about six feet high may hit the coast.  Evacuations are already ongoing in part of Central America as Hurricane Otto batters the region. The tropical storm…

 

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