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Fire service says 32 brushfires in West Bank caused by arson

Israeli firefighters have put out 97 brushfires in the West Bank since yesterday, just under a third of which are suspected of having been caused by arson.

The Israel Fire and Rescue Services says 32 blazes were sparked by Molotov cocktails, tire-burning, rioting and “intentional arson” and that in some cases firefighters spotted those starting the blazes.

Most of the fires were sparked on roads near settlements and military bases, according to the fire service.

The fire service also says a religious study hall in the Emmanuel settlement was damaged overnight in a blaze that an initial probe indicated was sparked by a candle left unattended in a storage room.

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