Fire and Rescue: Israel’s devastating wildfires caused by arson

Fire and Rescue: Israel's devastating wildfires caused by arson

The Israel Fire and Rescue Service on Sunday said that a massive fire that broke out on Thursday at Ben Shemen Forest and burned down at least 40 homes in the adjacent community of Mevo Modi’in in central Israel, might have been caused by arson.

Thousands have been evacuated from their homes throughout Israel on Thursday after wildfires were exacerbated by the extreme heatwave, sending hundreds of firefighters to battle the flames.

Temperatures reached up to 48 degrees Celsius (118.4 Fahrenheit) in some parts of southern Israel.

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Some 50 homes, 40 of them in Mevo Modi’im and 10 more in the nearby Kibbutz Harel, were destroyed by a blaze which started at Ben Shemen Forest.

At least 16 people suffered smoke inhalation and 13 others had light burns.

On Friday, the Police arrested three Muslim terrorists from East Jerusalem for setting fires in the Jerusalem region, each one in a separate incident.

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One of the terrorists was identified by lookouts and documented while he was setting fire to a number of locations in Jerusalem’s Mount Scopus area.

The Muslim terrorists were 15, 19, and 30 years old. They were questioned and their arrest was extended at the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court.

Heatwave and terrorism: 3 Muslim arsonists arrested in Jerusalem