Palestinian Arsonists Suspected as Cause of Fires

YERUSHALAYIM -

Security sources believe that most of the fires that burned in different parts of Israel on Tuesday were the work of Palestinian arsonists.

Initial findings from fire inspectors at the sites indicate that they were started deliberately, exploiting the unseasonably dry, warm weather. The fires were set in brush areas near private homes and educational institutions; they led to several cases of smoke inhalation and the evacuation of a number of buildings in Zichron Yaakov and Neveh Shalom, near Latrun. Roads leading both into and out of Zichron Yaakov were closed by police for several hours as firefighters battled the blaze, but were reopened by mid-evening.

An investigation to find those responsible for the fires was underway.

Meanwhile, rock throwing on a massive scale took place in Yehudah and Shomron, directed at Israeli military and civilian vehicles. B’chasdei Shamayim, no one was injured, but property was damaged.

Among the incidents was an attack on a bus traveling between Tapuach and Migdalim in the Shomron, another bus passing near Maalot Amos in Gush Etzion, and vehicles driving near Singhil in the Shomron.