Two 16-year-old Arab youths from east Jerusalem remained in police custody on Wednesday after being arrested Tuesday evening for starting fires in an industrial area of Atarot in northern Jerusalem.
According to police, CCTV footage recorded the duo deliberately starting several fires in area brush. “Border Police were diverted to the area immediately and arrested both suspects at the scene, where they were caught with flammable materials on them,” said Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld, adding that firefighters were able to extinguish the fires before major damage was caused.
Both suspects have been arraigned at Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court, where a judge ordered their remand pending an ongoing investigation. Rosenfeld said police continue to patrol the country following the destructive blazes in northern and central Israel.