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Police arrest woman on suspicion of setting forest fire

Firefighting planes battle a blaze near Beit Meir outside of Jerusalem, on  August 15, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Illustrative: Firefighting planes battle a blaze near Beit Meir outside of Jerusalem on August 15, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Jerusalem Police say that they have arrested a woman on suspicion of setting fire to the Begin Park near Beit Shemesh.

Police say that the woman, who is in her 30s and hails from the West Bank settlement of Hashmonaim, had gone missing earlier in the day and was considered at-risk. The woman was found inside a car, say police, and was detained and brought in for questioning.

Fire and Rescue Services are continuing to battle the flames set in the forest outside Jerusalem, alongside multiple firefighting planes and a police helicopter. The blaze is not currently threatening any residential areas.

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