Firefighter watches water-dropping plane 311 (R).
(photo credit: Ronen Zvulun / Reuters)
Firefighters battled flames at the Gilon junction and the Ahihud Forest on
Saturday afternoon, after extinguishing two blazes that had broken out earlier
that day and one on Friday.
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More than 20 fire-related incidents have
broken out over the weekend despite the absence of strong winds or burning
sunlight, leading the police to suspect arson, Army Radio
According to Amir Levi, a Firefighting Service commander,
“There is a suspicion of arson in some of the fires that broke out yesterday and
today in the Galilee.”
Ten firefighting crews and all water-dropping
planes available were summoned to the Gilon junction to put out the fire, while
one crew was sent to the Ahihud Forest.
Earlier on Saturday, firefighters
succeeded in extinguishing fires near the Birha military base and between the
Ahihud junction and Barlev industrial area.
Saturday’s events follow a
previous fire on Friday afternoon. Firefighters successfully gained control over
it after the fire burned 200 dunams (20 hectares) in the Western
Twenty firefighting crews were assisted by Jewish National Fund
authorities and water-dropping planes in putting out the blaze.
residents from Kibbutz Yasur and elderly residents of a local retirement home
Four people were treated by Magen David Adom and
evacuated to hospital with light injuries from smoke inhalation.