Israel inferno: Dozens of houses burnt down, thousands evacuated – Emergency hotline activated

The Ministry for Social Equality is activating an emergency hotline Friday between 8:00 and 12:00 for families that want to accommodate senior citizens evacuated from their homes because of the wildfires. In order to do so dial: *8840.

Thousands have been evacuated from their homes throughout Israel on Thursday after wildfires started as a result of an extreme heatwave, and were later brought under control.

Temperatures reached up to 48 degrees Celsius (118.4 Fahrenheit) in some parts of southern Israel. On Friday, the heatwave is expected to reach its peak, and temperatures are even expected to rise.

At least 22 people were injured, across the country due to smoke inhalation.

Prime Minister Netanyahu directed the Foreign Ministry to reach out to nearby countries for “immediate” assistance in putting out the hundreds of fires that were ravaging the country Thursday evening. Later, the Foreign Ministry said Italy, Greece, Cyprus, and Croatia had agreed to send help.

Earlier, Minister of Public Security Gilad Erdan held a briefing with the police and firefighter commissioners, along with representatives of MDA and other emergency services.

Minister Erdan instructed fire authorities to prepare for the possibility that a national emergency is declared, with Friday’s temperatures expected to reach 100° F throughout the country.

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