Israeli Police Make Arrests in Arson Terror Cases

An Israeli security forces member stands guard at the site of a shooting attack near the Israeli police headquarters in mainly Palestinian east Jerusalem on October 9, 2016. A shooting attack in Jerusalem left at least three people wounded, including two seriously, with the assailant killed by police, Israeli authorities …
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The Times of Israel reports: Some, though not all, of the fires that have been raging through Israel over the past three days appear to be the work of “nationalistically motivated” arsonists, Israel Police Commissioner Roni Alsheich said Thursday.

Speaking to reporters in the northern city of Haifa, where firefighters were battling blazes engulfing several neighborhoods and tens of thousands of people were evacuated, Alsheich said: “It’s likely that there is a nationalist motive in some of the arson cases.”

However, he said, there was no reason to suspect it was an “organized” effort, adding that police would “investigate as needed.”

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