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Huge blaze near Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport prompts settler evacuation: Reports

A huge fire has broken out near Ben Gurion Airport, the Israeli regime’s main international airport, in the occupied Palestinian territories, reports say.

The Israeli media said the incident took place on Sunday near the airport, which is commonly known by its Hebrew acronym Natbag — located on the northern outskirts of the city of Lod, some 45 kilometers northwest of the occupied city of Jerusalem al-Quds and around 20 kilometers southeast of Tel Aviv.

Israel’s Channel 13, formally known as Reshet 13, reported that a massive fire broke out in the vicinity of Ben Gurion Airport, adding that police and firefighters had asked settlers at nearby Moshav Zeitan settlement to evacuate.

Israel’s Ynet news website also reported that the blaze started at an abandoned vehicles parking lot in Moshav Zeitan near Ben Gurion Airport. It added that at least six firefighting teams were on the scene, with additional forces on their way, in an effort to extinguish the raging flames.

It is not yet clear what has caused the fire, which is yet to be contained. No other details of the incident have been released, but images and footage of the blaze have circulated on social media.

The incident came just two days after a huge fire broke out at a facility at the BAZAN refinery in the port city of Haifa in the occupied territories.

There is no information about the extent of the damage and the number of possible casualties.

In an unprecedented incident last week, Israel reported a missile blast near its highly secretive Dimona nuclear facility. Tel Aviv claimed that the missile had landed in the Israeli-occupied territories as a result of “errant” Syrian anti-aircraft fire.

 

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