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Heat Wave Touches off Fires in Israel

Hundreds of firefighters over the weekend battled crop and field blazes, touched off by a blistering heat wave and a dry wind, known as the Sharav.

Farmers have estimated the damage in the millions of dollars from fires and withered crops. Daytime temperatures generally have been in the high 90s and hit 103 to 105 degrees Fahrenheit on the coast and in the Negev.