On Thursday, the rampant fires In Israel apparently set by Palestinians urged on by social media got so severe around Haifa that roughly sixty thousand people in 11 different neighborhoods were evacuated from their homes.
Residents of a total of 11 neighborhoods in the city had to leave their homes, over 100 people had been treated for fire-related injuries, mostly smoke inhalation, according to The Times Of Israel. The IDF ‘s Home Front Command called in soldiers and rescuers to help. In Talmon, residents and 300 pupils of a local school were evacuated.
National police chief Roni Alsheich said some of the fires were set by arsonists, “presumably with nationalist motives,” adding there were some suspects were in custody. Haifa fire service spokesman Uri Chibutro told Channel 2 news, “We’re in a state of war.”
After Israel requested international aid, on Thursday morning, firefighting airplanes from Greece and Cyprus arrived; more planes were expected from Turkey, Croatia, Italy and Russia.
Fires in other parts of the country also broke out; a fire started in the Horeshim Forest in the Sharon region, affecting the community of Nirit was evacuated; another fire started near Jerusalem, and another fire broke out in Modi’in.
On Wednesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said some of the fires had been started intentionally. Internal Security Minister Gilad Erdan told Army Radio, "Almost 50% of the fires are apparently arson.”
The imam of Kuwait's Grand Mosque, Sheikh Mishary Alfasy Rashid, also chimed in issuing incendiary remarks to his following of 11 million on Twitter. "Good luck to the fires. #Israel_IsBurning," he wrote in an Arabic Twitter post accompanied by a smiling face icon and various photographs of the daily fires across the country.