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Fires set off by Hezbollah rockets spread through northern Israel

Large swaths of northern Israel were set ablaze by rockets launched from Lebanon’s Hezbollah, with rescue teams battling on Monday to get them under control.

Footage released by Israel’s fire and rescue agency showed a forest burning in what was said to be Israel’s northern Kiryat Shmona city. Reuters was not able to confirm when and where the video was filmed.

Many Israelis who live in towns near the Lebanon border evacuated months ago given the escalating fighting between Israel and the militant group. Some houses caught fire, local media reported.

The Israeli military sent equipment and soldiers to help contain the flames, which spread quickly due to hot and dry weather, and six military reservists were lightly injured. Police said they closed off roads and were telling residents still in the area to clear out.

Israel’s parks authority said earlier on Monday that fires had already covered hundreds of acres. The National Fire Service said its firefighters were operating late into the night in several spots, including in the town of Kiryat Shmona, where they were trying to protect a line of houses.

Source: BBC

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