A massive fire broke out in the western part of the Old City of Ghadames, on Sunday evening, destroying a significant number of date palm trees.

Photos and videos posted by social media users showed the flames consuming palm trees while local people joined the fire brigades in their efforts to tackle and control the fire.

The Civil Defence Service in the town of Ghadames faced difficulties in entering the scene with their engines, due to the nature of the old city's narrow streets.

The fires spread dramatically to an area over 15 hectares, according to local sources.