Police Arrest 2 Teens On Suspicion of Causing Israeli Wildfires That Killed 41 People

Israeli police arrested two teens from the Druze village of Usfiya on suspicion of causing the Israeli wildfires that killed 41 people. Police tracked the fire down to a single source in the forest. The teens were suspected of hurling burning waste products during a picnic.
YNet News reported:

A 16-year-old boy and his 14-year-old brother from the Druze village of Usfiya were arrested Saturday on suspicion of causing a wildfire in Israel’s northern Carmel region, which has claimed the lives of 41 people.

Their mother told Ynet that her sons were in school when the fire broke out at around 11 am Thursday. She criticized the police for arresting the two.

“They have nothing to do with the fire and I’m very angry at the police for arresting my sons. Their behavior was violent,” she claimed.


The mother added that her eldest son would be celebrating his 16th birthday on Sunday. “I want my children at home today. I don’t want to suffer,” she said.

The two brothers were taken in for questioning by the Haifa police and are expected to spend the night at the station.

Another relative told Ynet, “The police have excuses. They have nothing to do and are trying to evade responsibility for the fire. I am certain that the detainees will be released soon, as there is no proof that they caused the fire. We will work to prove that they’re innocent.”

Deputy Inspector General Ronny Atiya, commander of the Costal District Police, said during a press conference Saturday afternoon that two brothers from Usfiya had been arrested on suspicion of negligence which caused the wildfire. He did not elaborate.

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