Arson Season: Large Fire Near Jerusalem (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gil Ronen 06/26/12)
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A large fire is burning near Motza, just outside Jerusalem. Highway
1, which connects Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, was closed to traffic in
both directions but reopened at about 4:45 p.m..
Eleven fire crews and several fire extinguishing planes have been
battling the blaze, which the Minister of Public Security said was
under control by 4:40 p.m.
Four people were hurt from smoke inhalation.
The fire burned at several locations since the early afternoon,
including one at Maaleh HaHamisha, where hotel guests were
Major General Niso Shaham, Commander of the Jerusalem Police, said
Tuesday afternoon that he "would not fall off [his] chair" if the
fire turned out to be a case of arson. In response to a Channel 2
reporter´s question, Shaham affirmed that there is currently a
plethora of arson attacks in the environs of Jerusalem.
The reporter said that fire fighters told him that there were several
incidents of arson every day in the Jerusalem area, and Shaham did
not deny this. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 06/26/12)
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