Netanyahu says deliberate fires acts of ‘terror’

HAIFA: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netan­yahu said on Thursday if proof was discovered that any of the fires across Israel were deliberately sparked they would be treated as acts of “terror.”

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Netanyahu did not say whether he believed the six fires in the northern city of Haifa and others were caused by arsonists, but said his government had noticed “encouragement to arson” on social media.

“Every fire caused by arson or incitement to arson is terror and will be treated as such accordingly,” he told reporters in Haifa near the scene of the fires.Internal Security Minister Gilad Erdan said up to 50 per cent of the fires in recent days had been deliberate, labelling it “arson terror.” “It is clear that many fires started as deliberate arson.”

AFP

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