Israeli firefighters help extinguish a fire in the northern Israeli port city of Haifa on November 24, 2016.
AFP / JACK GUEZ
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Raging bushfires forced the evacuation of tens of thousands of people from parts of Israel's third city Haifa on Thursday as firefighters struggled to control blazes across the country.Haifa municipality spokeswoman Or Doron told AFP that 50,000 of the city's roughly 250,000 residents had been evacuated.Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said residents in eight neighbourhoods had been told to leave due to six separate fires, with four evacuation centres set up.Hame said she thought the fire was "much more dangerous" than a blaze in 2010 in Haifa that killed 44 people -- the deadliest in Israeli history.A number of countries made immediate pledges of support including planes, as meteorologists said conditions meant fires were likely to continue for the coming days.Daher said a number of residents remained stuck in their homes.The 2010 fire required the assistance of planes and personnel from more than 16 countries to put out.
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