Second Case of Suspected Arson Near Army Base Extinguished in Jerusalem

Fire in grassland on Mount Scopus possibly caused by firebombs, firefighters say.

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A fireman puts out a wildfire near the Gilon junction in northern Israel, Oct. 22, 2011.
A fireman puts out a wildfire near the Gilon junction in northern Israel, Oct. 22, 2011.Credit: Gil Eliyahu

Firefighters gained control of a fire near the Ofrit military base on Mount Scopus in Jerusalem on Saturday, in the second suspected case of arson near the base within a week.

"It destroyed several acres of grassland," said a spokesperson for Jerusalem's firefighter services. "Four crews combated the fire, assisted by a water tanker. Their efforts were directed at preventing the fire from spreading to the base and to the nearby Mount Scopus tunnel."

Initial investigations at the scene pointed to arson, with the fire set at several different locations, though it's also possible that the fire was started by firebombs thrown at the base.

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