Israel: Authorities Suspect Wave Of Fires May Have Been Deliberate
‘It is suspected we are experiencing a wave of nationalistically motivated arson fires,’ he said. ‘There is no intelligence to support the claim but from a national perspective a sequence of arson fires in Tivon, Jerusalem and Beit Shmesh cannot be coincidental.’
Earlier, firefighters gained control over a large fire that broke out between Kibbutz Shaar Haamakim and Kiryat Tivon.
Haifa Fire Services chief Arie Regev estimated the fire broke out as a result of arson, noting that a total of six fires were recorded in the area in the past week. ‘Six fires in the same place cannot be caused by negligence,’ he said. Police are saying that Thursday’s blazes are part of a wave of arson attacks.
Fire and Rescue Services commissioner Shahar Ayalon said there is no evidence to suggest that the recent fires were caused by arson. Nevertheless, he stated that there is suspicion of arson that warrants an investigation.
The fire reached some trees which caused several houses to catch fire. Residents and a nearby retirement home had beene evacuated. Twenty-seven crews worked to contain the flames together with dozens of Jewish National Fund and Nature and Parks Authority teams. Two aircraft assisted the extinguishing efforts.” Read more.
Flashback: Israel: Massive Fires Engulf Jerusalem Following 200 Arson Attacks In Past 2 Weeks – “I was incredibly dismayed to read in yesterday’s Jerusalem Post that there were more than 200 arson attacks in the Jerusalem area in the last two weeks, and that in the past month and a half, there have been some 2,000 fires started due to arson… In the past, arson has been used as a form of nationalist struggle by Palestinians, a form of terror ‘lite,’ in as much as it usually results in property damage but not death…” Read more.