Israel Arrests More Than 30 For Suspected Arson, Incitement

Israeli border policemen arrest a Palestinian protestor, who did not follow their instruction to leave, during a demonstration against administrative detention and in support of Palestinian prisoner Bilal Kayed on August 24, 2016 at Damascus Gate, a main entrance to Jerusalem's Old City. A rights group said on August 24, …
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The Times of Israel reports: Israeli security forces have arrested more than 30 people suspected of either arson or encouraging others to commit arson in recent days, as dozens of wildfires have swept through the country, destroying hundreds of homes and businesses and forcing tens of thousands to flee, officials said Saturday evening.

Police have arrested and questioned more than 30 people since Tuesday; as of Saturday night 28 remained in custody, a spokesperson said.

Of the 28 suspects, more than 15 were Palestinians arrested by the Israel Defense Forces and Shin Bet security service, an army spokesperson said.

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