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Dead Sea nature reserve blazes, 3 Palestinians detained

Sept. 11, 2018 12:43 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 12, 2018 2:38 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli police forces detained three Palestinians, on Tuesday, suspected of starting a fire that broke out at the Ein Fashkha (Einot Tzukim) Nature Reserve in the northern Dead Sea overnight.

The Israeli police said in a statement that it suspected a vehicle passing on Route 90; when ordered to stop for search the driver of the vehicle fled the area; the vehicles was stopped following a chase with three Palestinian passengers inside.

The statement added that the police detained the three Palestinians afterwards, pointing out that their clothes and the vehicle sent a strong smell of fuel and fire.

Two of the detainees were identified by the police as residents of occupied East Jerusalem in the central West Bank, while the third as resident of the al-Eizariya in the central West Bank.

The police added that the detainees, all in their twenties, were transferred for interrogation.

The erupted fire caused damage to 500 dunums of vegetation; 16 fire crews and four aircraft worked to put out the fire and prevent it from spreading overnight Monday.

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