Israel fires: Several of suspected arsonists linked to fires in Arab towns, police mum on others ■ Blazes under control ■ Netanyahu thanks Palestinian president for assistance ■ U.S. supertanker carries out mission over Jerusalem.
Firefighters gained control of most of the blazes across Israel on Saturday after five days. Around evening, firefighters quelled the flames in the settlement of Halamish, where the approaching blaze led to the evacuation of the town and destroyed 15 buildings.
Firefighters, aided by Palestinian crews, managed to gain control of a major fire near Nataf outside Jerusalem, and residents were allowed to return to their homes. Three people were seriously injured by smoke in the settlement of Ma’aleh Adumim near Jerusalem, and nine others were moderately and lightly injured.
The security establishment increasingly believes that several of the wildfires may have been politically motivated cases of arson and has arrested several suspects. The Israel Police is currently holding 30 people on suspicion of arson or incitement, but refuses to release details regarding the nature of the allegations on 13 of them.