Fires burn in the horizon as firefighters battle to control a fire that broke out in the Israeli town of Nataf, west of the Arab Israeli town of Abu Ghosh, along the border with the occupied West Bank on November 25, 2016. AFP / AHMAD GHARABLI
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Israeli police arrested 13 people Friday on suspicion of arson, authorities said, after massive wildfires tore through central and northern Israel, a conflagration Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu branded as "terrorism".Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said a dozen people had been detained either while attempting to set fires or fleeing the area, but he provided no further details.The fires are the biggest in the country since 2010, when 44 people were killed in a massive blaze in the north.Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett, leader of a far-right party, said Thursday that the fires could not have been started by Jews, and Friday blamed them on "nationalist terrorists" – a reference in Israel to Palestinians.Israel's chief of police said Thursday that people may have decided to start fires after seeing the trouble they were causing.
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