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.