Arson suspected in massive blaze outside Jerusalem

By Staff Reporter
Posted on 06/13/21 | News Source: i24

Residential homes evacuated but no casualties reported

A wildfire raging out of control in the Jerusalem suburb of Mevaseret Zion on Sunday forced Israeli police to evacuate several residences, one of numerous such incidents in recent weeks.

No casualties were reported so far. 

Police said they suspected that arson was behind the blaze.

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Strong winds further fanned the flames, carrying the blaze further headed toward Jerusalem's ancient Motza neighborhood and an adjacent assisted living facility, as heavy smoke billowed throughout the area.

The highway from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv was shut down along with the train line that connects Israel's two main cities, police said. Read more at i24