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Massive Jerusalem fire under control

JTA

June 26, 2012 | 8:55 am

A fire fighting aircraft drops flame retardant over a forest fire on the outskirts of Jerusalem on June 26. Photo by REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

A fire fighting aircraft drops flame retardant over a forest fire on the outskirts of Jerusalem on June 26. Photo by REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

A fire near Jerusalem that threatened homes and closed the Jerusalem-Tel Aviv highway reportedly is under control.

It will still take time to extinguish all of the blazes near the city, according to fire officials.

Some 35 firefighting teams from across the country and six firefighting planes have battled the blaze, which reportedly erupted in two places.

Fire officials told Israeli media that the fire was either intentionally set or caused by negligence.

The Jerusalem area reportedly has suffered hundreds of fires in recent weeks, and many are believed to be the result of arson.

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