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Hundreds of acres of forest burned in Israel, Golan Heights

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • One hundred acres of forest burned over the weekend in Israel
  • Total number of acres burned is 5,500

Jerusalem (CNN) -- As Russia contends with hundreds of wildfires fueled by heat and drought, Israel is dealing with its own fire problem.

According to the Jewish National Fund, about 100 acres of burned forests were added over the past weekend, bringing the total number of acres burned this year across Israel to 5,500. Thousands of acres of natural forest and woodlands have already burned this year.

Yoram Levy of the Israel Fire and Rescue Services told CNN the cause for the fires is a combination of deliberate fires and negligence. The majority of the damages were at the Golan Heights and at the forests surrounding the area.

CNN's Guy Azriel contributed to this report.