Middle East

West Bank settlement evacuated in 5th day of Israeli fires

  • The Mediterranean sea and parts of the city can bee sen through a burned house following wildfires in Haifa, Israel, Friday, Nov. 25, 2016. Israeli firefighters reined in a blaze that had spread across the country's third-largest city and forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes, but continued to battle more than a dozen other fires around the country for the fourth day in a row. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

    The Mediterranean sea and parts of the city can bee sen through a burned house following wildfires in Haifa, Israel, Friday, Nov. 25, 2016. Israeli firefighters reined in a blaze that had spread across the country's third-largest city and forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes, but continued to battle more than a dozen other fires around the country for the fourth day in a row. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)  (The Associated Press)

  • A burned tree following wildfires in Haifa, Israel, Friday, Nov. 25, 2016. Israeli firefighters reined in a blaze that had spread across the country's third-largest city and forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes, but continued to battle more than a dozen other fires around the country for the fourth day in a row. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

    A burned tree following wildfires in Haifa, Israel, Friday, Nov. 25, 2016. Israeli firefighters reined in a blaze that had spread across the country's third-largest city and forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes, but continued to battle more than a dozen other fires around the country for the fourth day in a row. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)  (The Associated Press)

  • Palestinian firefighters work in Haifa, Israel, Friday, Nov. 25, 2016. Firefighters have reined in a blaze that spread across Israel's third-largest city of Haifa and forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

    Palestinian firefighters work in Haifa, Israel, Friday, Nov. 25, 2016. Firefighters have reined in a blaze that spread across Israel's third-largest city of Haifa and forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)  (The Associated Press)

More than 40 homes have been burned in a Jewish West Bank settlement and all 1,000-plus of its residents evacuated as firefighters continue battling blazes across the country for a fifth day.

Police spokeswoman Luba Samri says Saturday's fire in Halamish erupted in several locations and quickly spread throughout the settlement. Several other fires were still raging.

The blazes began four days ago near Jerusalem. Backed by dry, windy weather, they later spread elsewhere. The most devastating fire hit Israel's third-largest city of Haifa.

Though no deaths or serious injuries have been reported, dozens have been hospitalized for smoke inhalation. Hundreds of homes have been damaged and an international fleet of firefighting aircraft has arrived to assist.

The country's leaders claim Arab arsonists are behind many of the blazes.