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June 26, 2012 9:49 am

Massive Fires Engulf Jerusalem Following 200 Arson Attacks in Past 2 Weeks

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Smoke rises from fire in Israel. Photo: wiki commons.

Israeli firefighters have their hands full on Tuesday, dealing with two massive fires near Jerusalem.

35 teams have joined firefighting aircraft to help put out the blazes, which broke out nearly simultaneously around noon time in Israel.  According to a spokesman for the Jerusalem Fire Department, the scale of the flames are significant and residents in the area have been asked to evacuate.

“This is a very big fire, with flames at a height of five to ten meters,” the spokesman told Israel’s Channel 2 online, “and a number of homes were evacuated for security reasons.”

The source of the fires has not been confirmed by local authorities.  In previous weeks however, the Jerusalem area has seen a rash of arson attempts, including nearly 200 attacks in the past 2 weeks.

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The CEO of a local hotel told Israel’s Channel 2 Online that guests were largely unaffected but there were contingency plans in case the situation worsened.

“There is no panic, except for one conference which we had to evacuate to another hall. We have a team of vehicles on standby for the guests,  in case you can only see smoke from the windows.”

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  • Aviva Cantor

    Readers need to know precisely where in Jerusalem the 2 fires blazed; were any people hurt? were forests destroyed (as in the Carmel fire) and/or wildlife killed?
    how long did it take to quell the fires? were people evacuated and if so,how many and to where? were any buildings damaged or destroyed?
    Information like this should be provided in news stories, especially one of such importance as this one.

    Please fill in the gaps in succeeding reports.

  • Thank you,Bibi and company!!! What a wonderful job your’re doing giving away Israel so that the enemy can incinerate all Jews in destructive fires, fires of inmmense hatred. Please explain to the Jewish world your motivation for sacrifcing us and your electorate on the alters of anti – Jew > anti – Israel hatred. Surely Bibi, you don’t honestly believe that by prostrating to Obama and others like him you’re actually going to achieve peace? The Lubavitcher Rebbe told you and the Jews many times that giving up land for peace was a recipe for disaster. Please take note of his holy words for the sake of Israel and all Jews.

  • Thank you,Bibi and company!!! What a wonderful job your’re doing giving away Israel so that the enemy can incinerate all Jews in destructive fires, fires of inmmense hatred. Please explain to the Jewish world your motivation for sacrifcing us and your electorate on the alters of anti – Jew > anti – Israel hatred. Surely Bibi, you don’t honestly believe that by prostrating to Obama and others like him you’re actually going to achieve peace? The Lubavitcher Rebbe told you and the Jews many times that giving up land for peace was a recipe for disaster. Please take note of his holy words for the sake of Israel and all Jews.

  • kevobx

    Isaiah 10:11 Shall I not, as I have done unto Samaria and her idols, so do to Jerusalem and her idols? (1st Corinthians 8:7). *1st John 5:21 Little children, keep yourself from idols. Amen.

  • Chaya

    Anyone caught creating a fire or keeping firefighters from doing their job should be incarcerated for at least ten years – and I don’t care if it is a ten-year-old boy!

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