Bet Shemesh fires 'probably arson'

June 30, 2010 20:04


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Firefighters are continuing an investigation into several large blazes which broke out in the Bet Shemesh area on Tuesday, and are leaning towards the theory that the fires were the work of an arsonist.

Tuesday's fires, which burned down around 30,000 trees and damaged around 3,000 dunams, were the worst fire-related incident in the country since the Second Lebanon War.

"The general direction of our investigation is focusing on arson," a Bet Shemesh firefighters spokesman told The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday. "Our people are still out on the ground. But we don't have conclusive findings yet. We expect to have that on Thursday morning," the spokesman added.

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