Israel Fire News
TEL AVIV: Wildfires tore across central and northern Israel
on Thursday, forcing tens of thousands of residents to flee the
city of Haifa, as leaders blamed arsonists for some of the blazes and branded them
terrorists (Israel Fire News).
Television pictures also showed a wall of flames raging through central
neighborhoods of Israel’s third largest city. Firefighters dowsed a
petrol station with water as the blaze edged closer.
Moreover, the fires have been burning in multiple locations for the past three
days but intensified on Thursday, fueled by unseasonably dry weather and strong easterly winds.
“Every fire that was caused by arson, or incitement to arson, is terrorism by
all accounts. And we will treat it as such,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
also told reporters gathered in Haifa. “Whoever tries to burn parts of Israel will be punished for it severely.”
Internal Security Minister Gilad Erdan referred to “arson terrorism” and also said
there had been a small number of arrests, providing no other details.
On social media, some Arabs and Palestinians also celebrated the fires and the
hashtag #Israelisburning was trending on Twitter.