Israeli authorities evacuate moshav near Beit Shemesh due to raging fire

Residents of the small moshav of Eshtaol just outside of Beit Shemesh were ordered to leave their homes on Friday due to a fire that is quickly spreading through the surrounding forest area.

As of 5 p.m. local time, twenty-two fire trucks and at least 10 aircraft were working to contain the blaze.

The fire is being aided by strong winds that have pushed it toward small communities near Beit Shemesh, including Eshtaol, Tarum, and Taoz.


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