Haifa, Israel – Israeli PM Blames Fires On ‘Arsonists’ Terror’


    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks with Israeli firefighters during his visit at the fire command post in Zichron Yaakov, November 23, 2016. photo by Haim Zach / GPOHaifa, Israel – Israel’s prime minister is blaming “arsonists’ terror” for some of the fires raging across the country.

    Speaking to reporters Thursday in Haifa, where the largest of several wildfires around the country has prompted the evacuation of tens of thousands of people, Benjamin Netanyahu said those setting the fires would be “punished severely.”

    Netanyahu did not elaborate on the identity of the suspected arsonists or their motives, but Israeli officials typically use “terror” to refer to Arab or Palestinian militant activity.

    Earlier, Israel’s police chief said arrests have been made, without elaborating.

    Some 50,000 people have been evacuated from Haifa, Israel’s third largest city. Fires have been sparked around the country for several days, with dry, windy weather spreading the flames quickly.

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