Forest fires near Jerusalem may have been started deliberately

FOREST fires which swept large areas in the mountains near Jerusalem last week may have been started deliberately, fire investigators believe.

“We did not see any lightning in the skies — and we will see whether it was arson,” said Fire and Rescue Commissioner Dedi Simchi.

In a TV interview, he said that there were two starting points to the fires in the Neve Ilan area, around 11 miles from Jerusalem, that were “seemingly man-made”.

Setting forest fires is a common form of Palestinian “resistance”.

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