Earlier, Highway 1 was been closed between Abu Ghosh and Kiryat Anavim due a massive fire, stalling traffic between Shoresh and Hemed interchanges. Police encouraged all travelers to take Road 443 to Tel Aviv to help ease congestion. As of 4:00 pm Tuesday afternoon,
Highway 1 has been reopened. It remains unclear whether the fire is a natural blaze, or a case of arson terrorism.