Large Wildfire Erupts in Central Jerusalem; Firefighters Gain Control of Flames

The blaze began near the Monastery of the Cross, burning 25 square km of wild brush near the Israeli parliament; firefighters investigating the possibility of arson.

A large wildfire erupted Tuesday afternoon in central Jerusalem's Valley of the Cross near the Knesset. The Jerusalem Fire Department gained control of the fire within a few hours, though fire was still burning in several locations and firefighters were still fighting to extinguish the flames.