Photo Credit: Naria Har Zahav and Assaf Gal Dor - Kfar Etzion
Fire deliberately set by local Arabs near Kfar Etzion, destroying the area orchards.

Gush Etzion firefighters on Monday evening extinguished the third arson-linked fire in 24 hours, deliberately ignited by local Arab arsonists.

There were no casualties in any of the incidents, all of which took place near the community of Kfar Etzion, but tremendous property damage in local orchards was reported.

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“Arson is terror in every sense, especially when it is carried out near communities in Judea and Samaria,” said Kfar Etzion head of security Ephraim Somech.

“Kfar Etzion suffers from attempted arson attacks throughout the year. This happens during the cherry picking season, as well as before and after. I hope and believe that the army will focus on catching those responsible,” he said.

“In the attack this evening, three burning tires were hurled into fields near Kfar Etzion, while five suspects were witnessed running towards the village of Hirbat Tzefa bordering Kfar Etzion,” Somech added.

The Gush Etzion Regional Council responded in a statement saying, “The arson attacks are terror attacks through and through.

“We expect the political echelon to instruct the IDF to fight arson terror in Judea and Samaria. We believe that the IDF will know how to deal with these types of incidents.”

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.