TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Firefighters have reportedly managed to control a blaze that spread across Israel's third-largest city of Haifa and forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes.

Israeli Police Spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said some 14 small fires were still raging on Friday in several spots around Jerusalem (al-Quds), AP reported.

He said a small village in the forests in East Jerusalem (al-Quds) was evacuated overnight. Overall, five people have been arrested on suspicion of arson.

The blazes began three days ago at the Neve Shalom community near Jerusalem. Backed by dry, windy weather, they later spread elsewhere across the area.

Fires also raged in the northern area of Zichron Yaakov. There have been no casualties but hundreds of homes have been damaged.