Israeli Fire and Rescue Service plane 150.
(photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)
Police said on Thursday that they suspect a spate of fires over the past two
days is part of a “wave of nationalistically motivated arson attacks.”
took some 30 firefighting crews, as well as firefighting aircraft, to gain
control over a fire in Kiryat Tivon, southeast of Haifa, on Thursday afternoon.
It was the second blaze in the area in as many days.
several people from their homes. An old age home was also evacuated.
least two homes were damaged by the flames, but no injuries were
The municipality opened a shelter for displaced people at the
Narkisim school in Kiryat Tivon.
Asst.-Ch. Hagai Dotan, head of the
Coastal Police, said the fires may be a form of nationalistic
Police arrested four Palestinians
from the West Bank whom they
found in the vicinity of a fire near Jerusalem on Wednesday, on suspicion of
involvement in starting the blaze.
Dotan said that police and Fire and
Rescue Services were on high alert due to the threat of additional
Earlier on Thursday, firefighters succeeded in gaining control of
a fire just outside Jerusalem near Moshav Even Sapir.
firefighters battle blazes in the same areas, as well as on in the eastern
No injuries were reported.