Israeli police today arrested four Palestinians in connection with a huge fire west of Yerushalayim, Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said.
The men were working in Israel without permits and are being questioned, Rosenfeld told Ma’an.
Fire and rescue services commissioner Shahar Ayalon told the Israeli news site Ynet that it was too early to determine the cause of the fire near Even Sapir, which he said originated at several sites. Arson is being considered, he added.
Acting Jerusalem Police Commissioner Menny Yitzhaki said police were also considering the possibility that negligent hikers had caused the blaze, Ynet reported.
The acting spokesman for Jerusalem’s firefighting units, Arik Abulof, told Arutz Sheva that the fire is burning in the Even Sapir Valley, between the moshav community of Even Sapir and Hadassah Ein Karem Hospital.
“Fifteen firefighting crews are working at the scene and firefighters currently in Team Commander Course are on their way from the National School for Firefighting and Rescue,” he said. Additional crews from central Israel are also on their way.
The fire spread in two directions, toward Even Sapir and toward the hospital. It was reportedly under control by early evening.
There are no casualties, he said, but there are reports that some people are being evacuated from their homes.
The second fire broke out on the eastern slope of Mount Carmel.
Source: MA’AN NEWS AGENCY