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Hebrew University campus gate firebombed; no injuries reported

Molotov cocktail thrown at Mt. Scopus campus, causing blaze; earlier, police say fire near Jerusalem army base was arson attack

View of the Hebrew University on Mount Scopus seen from Jerusalem's Old City, on June 10, 2015. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)
View of the Hebrew University on Mount Scopus seen from Jerusalem's Old City, on June 10, 2015. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

A fire outside the Mount Scopus campus of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Saturday evening was the result of a firebomb thrown at the university gates, police said.

No injuries were reported in the incident and firefighters had the blaze under control, according to authorities.

The incident is the second of the day Saturday and the fourth such incident in two days in the Mount Scopus area.

Earlier Saturday, police said a fire that broke out near the Ofrit military base and the Hadassah Hospital in Mount Scopus was an arson attack.

Police released footage showing a male figure disappearing for a few moments into some bushes near the base in the capital, before fleeing in the direction of the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya.

Security footage shows arson suspect fleeing area near Ofrit military base outside Jerusalem after bushes catch fire, May 14, 2016. (Channel 2 screenshot)
Security footage shows arson suspect fleeing area near Ofrit military base outside Jerusalem after bushes catch fire, May 14, 2016. (Channel 2 screenshot)

The footage (Hebrew), aired on Channel 2 Saturday night, shows the bushes catching fire after the suspect leaves the area.

Four firefighting teams battled the blaze, preventing its spread to the base and to the Mount Scopus area. Dozens of acres were damaged in the fire, police said.

Channel 2 reported that Saturday’s fire near the base was the seventh suspected arson attack nationwide over the past week.

On Thursday, eight firefighting teams and four planes were deployed to battle a fire close to the entrance to Jerusalem. Due to weather conditions, the fire had spread quickly in the direction of the Ramot neighborhood of the capital.

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