Police suspect arson in a number of fires

220 fires have occurred over the last few days and the Israel Police is saying that for some of them arson has not been ruled out yet.
220 fires in the last two days raises suspicions of arson Photo Credit: Guy Varon/Channel 2 News

Fires have broken out from the north to the south in the last two days. The Israel Police is saying that "a wave of arson has befallen Israel" after 220 fires were reported during these past few days. The Israel Police has not ruled out arson as the cause of many of these fires. Thus, Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan and Israel Police Commissioner Roni Alsheikh have decided to drastically increase police patrols and border police presence in forests as a means of deterrence and to strengthen the quick identification of the arsonists.

According to the latest data, 189 of the fires broke out in open fields. The fire air fleet has completed 107 missions during 75 flight hours, dumping 50 tons of extinguishing powders.

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Fire air fleets have been working round the clock across the country Photo Credit: Northern District Fire & Rescue Department/Channel 2 News

This evening, firefighting units were called to an IDF post in Neve Yair-Halmish after a thorn bush fire broke out nearby, spreading to the post. An evacuation was immediately called due to the dangerous threat. Firefighters were able to put out the fire in about an hour. In Nataf, the firefighters gained control of the fires yet a number of fires nearby re-ignited but have since been contained. In Zikhron Ya'akov, although they are still battling the fires, there have been no reported injuries.


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