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Teen Arrested After Admitting to Starting Fire

From Virtual Jerusalem:

Father and son look at their house in Ein Hod, near Haifa, that was burned down in the fire that ravaged the Carmel Forest, Dec. 5, 2010. (Meir Partush/Flash 90)

Teen Arrested After Admitting to Starting Fire

A 14-year-old resident of the Druze village of Ussfiya was arrested after admitting to starting the fire that destroyed much of the Carmel Forest.

The teen reportedly said he was smoking a nargila water pipe and threw a live coal into an open area before returning to school.

The arrest was announced hours after two teenage brothers from the same village arrested over the weekend on suspicion of negligence in starting the fire were released from detention by a Haifa court. The teens had been accused of lighting a bonfire near their home that sparked the blaze.

 

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