More than 200 wildfires have raged across Israel for the past two days. Rekindled by high winds as soon as firefighters fight the flames, they are not yet contained.
Last night, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu confirmed evidence of arson in several places.
Israel’s Public Security Minister, Gilead Erdan, along with Police Commissioner Roni Alsheikh have made the decision to post soldiers, police and border guards in open areas around towns, villages and communities in order to secure them against further arson attacks and catch the perpetrators.
Police are investigating the wholesale outbreaks of wildfire in widely separate spots, causing extensive damage to homes and buildings.
In central and eastern Israel, thousands of people fled their homes ahead of the flames that consumed all their possessions. Whole streets and neighborhoods up and down the country have been destroyed. Damage is initially estimated at NIS 50 million ($12 million dollars). (Source)