>> Evacuating by car as their homes burn behind them. Tens of thousands of residents in the Israeli city of Haifa ordered to leave as wildfires tear across parts of Israel. Reuters' Luke Baker in Jerusalem says police suspect arson.>> Around half of the country has fires burning in parts of it.
And the Chief of Police has come out now and said that they suspect that arson was responsible for some of the fires. And he suggested it was politically motivated, which in Israel is often a way of suggesting that it was set by Palestinians, or perhaps by Israeli-Arabs. At least 10,000 some say 70,000 people are being told to evacuate the city as the sort of vast flames move in.
They've surrounded the petrol station which is rapidly being sort of doused with with water by fire fighters. Israel has appealed to a number of countries to come and help. So far Russia, Greece, Croatia, Italy, Cyprus, Turkey, are all sending aircraft to try and help fight the blazes, with the burning not just around Haifa but in areas just to the west of Jerusalem and the the whole central and northern areas of Israel.
>> Haifa's mayor has asked residents to turn on water sprinklers to keep the fires at bay. So far, no deaths reported, but hundreds of homes have been damaged or destroyed, and with strong winds and no rains forecast, the fires are unlikely to subside