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13 arrested in Israel for 'arson terrorism'

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>> Terrorist arson. That's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's explanation for some of the wildfires tearing through Israel this week. It's the largest blaze to grip the country since 2011. More than a dozen have been arrested on suspicion of starting politically motivated fires. Reuters correspondent Maayan Lubell has been keeping an eye on events from Jerusalem.
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>> Police are being very, very scant on the details they're releasing, and they won't give any details about the identity of the suspects nor about their motives. However, the Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other ministers in his cabinet have said that basically that this is arson terrorism, they have dubbed it.
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They have alluded to the fact that these are probably Palestinian suspects arrested, and that they're acting out of anti-Israel sentiment, basically. They have not provided yet, though, any proof. There has been though, some CCTV footage aired on Israeli television which appeared to show three people lighting fires.>> Palestinian fighters have come to Israel's aid to tackle the last of the fires.
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Aircraft from Egypt, Greece, Italy, Russia, and Turkey also helping. But, already hundreds of homes have been damaged or destroyed. And tens of thousands of people have been displaced, evacuated to nearby stadiums and holding areas.