Police Investigating Fires Near Yerushalayim

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fire-yerushalayimTwo large forest fires on the outskirts of Yerushalayim sent smoke wafting across the city and temporarily closed the main highway to Tel Aviv.

Police say several people were treated for smoke inhalation, and an unknown number of people were evacuated from the affected area before the blaze was brought under control Tuesday.

Traffic on the Yerushalayim-Tel Aviv highway, one of the nation’s busiest, was backed up for about 50 kilometers (30 miles).

Yerushalayim police chief Niso Shaham said the fire was probably set deliberately. Several arrests were made over the past few weeks in series of suspicious fires that caused damage in Yerushalayim, he said.

{The Associated Press/Matzav.com Newscenter}

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