23 fire crews and eight airplanes are working to gain control over a large fire currently burning near the Israel Museum in the Valley of the Cross in Jerusalem, a few hundred meters from the Knesset.

In light of the situation, the museum was evacuated.

The fire department stated: "The fire spread toward the Israel Museum due to the extreme winds and weather, at the moment the fire is on the museum's external property. The firefighters are concentrating their efforts on preventing the fire from spreading into the museum."

A large police force from the Jerusalem District is in the area directing traffic away from the blaze.... Read More: Arutz-7