Fire set by Arabs, July 25, 2011 (archive)
Fire set by Arabs, July 25, 2011 (archive)Tatzpit

Arson is suspected in a chain of fires that erupted Sunday in at least five neighborhoods around the city of Jerusalem.

All of the blazes were in the southeastern areas of the city that were restored to the capital in the 1967 Six-Day War. Flames were seen in the neighborhoods of Armon HaNatziv, Har Homa, and Jabel Mukabar, among others.

By Sunday afternoon, firefighters had been called out to extinguish seven simultaneous brush fires in open fields around the Armon HaNatziv neighborhood alone.

Officials said there have been similar incidents in the area over the past week.

An initial probe has led investigators to believe the individuals fires are connected and have all been ignited been an arsonist – or several.

An investigation has been launched.