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Firefighters battle forest fire near Beit Shemesh; woman arrested for arson

Multiple teams fight blazes in several locations; suspect found in the area was initially reported as a missing person

Firefighters try to extinguish a fire which broke out in a forest near Shoresh, outside of Jerusalem, on August 3, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Illustrative: Firefighters try to extinguish a fire which broke out in a forest near Shoresh, outside of Jerusalem, on August 3, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

A woman was arrested on suspicion of arson as Fire and Rescue Services battled a blaze at a park in the Judean Hills near Beit Shemesh on Thursday, police said.

Authorities said firefighters worked to counter the fires that erupted in at least seven different locations in Begin Park. Ten firefighting teams and four firefighting planes fought the flames, fire officials said.

Authorities said that there was no immediate danger to residential areas.

The multiple sites led to suspicions that the fire was set intentionally.

Police scanning the area located a woman aged around 30, a resident of a West Bank settlement who had been reported missing several hours earlier. Police described her as an “at-risk individual,” but gave no further detials.

After questioning the woman and collecting evidence at the scene, police arrested her on suspicion of starting the fires.

Meanwhile, a large brushfire was reported near Modiin. Firefighters there managed to gain control of the blaze.

 

 

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