Holocaust museum evacuated as fire threatens Jerusalem

2011-07-17 17:17

Jerusalem - Israeli rescue services evacuated the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum on Sunday as a large forest fire raged out of control on the outskirts of Jerusalem, police said.

Fire engines and aircraft were dispatched to fight the blaze in the forest on Jerusalem's south western flank and all roads leading to the area were closed, said Luba Samri, a Jerusalem police spokesperson.

"We have evacuated all the workers and tourists from Yad Vashem," she said, adding that there were no injuries reported so far.

Israeli public radio said one row of houses was also being evacuated, but Samri could not immediately confirm the report.

Yad Vashem is the main museum in Israel commemorating the six million Jews killed by the Nazi regime during WW2.

It is a major source of research on the Nazi persecution of the Jews and includes a historical museum on the lost Jewish communities.

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