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Israel Vows to Punish 'Terrorism' Over Wildfires

On social media, some people celebrated the fires under the #Israelisburning hashtag

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    Residence stand near burned cars following a wildfires in Haifa, Israel, Friday, Nov. 25, 2016. Israeli firefighters on Friday reined in a blaze that had spread across the country's third-largest city of Haifa and forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes, but continued to battle more than a dozen other fires around the country for the fourth day in a row.

    Authorities in Israel arrested at least a dozen suspects for arson-related offenses after wildfires forced the partial evacuation Haifa, officials said Friday, NBC News reported. 

    Israeli officials have suggested that Arab assailants were to blame for igniting the fires — vowing that any perpetrators would be treated as terrorists. 

    On social media, some people celebrated the fires under the #Israelisburning hashtag. Netanyahu's spokesman Ofir Gendelman blamed these tweets on "Arabs and Palestinians."

    The blaze near Haifa was one of around a dozen burning around Israel, its worst bout since a four-day wildfire killed 42 people in 2010.