Israeli Authorities Believe Jerusalem Wildfires Possibly Caused by Arson

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Israeli authorities believe that two wildfires that threatened Jerusalem on Wednesday were possibly caused by arson.

Authorities are certain the fires were man-made, and the possibility they were deliberately set is considered likely.

I24 News reports that Fire and Rescue Commissioner Dedi Simchi said, “We did not see any lightning in the skies over the country today, and we will clarify if this was arson or not later.”

The fires blazed throughout the area west of Jerusalem before being brought under control Wednesday evening, and caused the evacuation of several communities.

There were additional, smaller fires in the West Bank.

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