fire near Dead Sea
fire near Dead SeaAmir Aloni Nature and Parks Authority

A fire broke out during the holiday in the Einot Tzukim reserve near the northwestern coast of the Dead Sea.

The fire caused the burning of hundreds of acres of vegetation and the temporary blocking of Route 90.

Three young men, including two residents of eastern Jerusalem and a resident of nearby al-Eizaria were arrested on suspicion of starting the fire with flammable material.

The suspects were arrested at the end of a chase after they raised police suspicions in the Dead Sea area. There were funnels in the vehicle and there was a sharp smell of skipping from the vehicle and the passengers' clothing.

The suspects were interrogated and subsequently brought before the court for the purpose of extending their detention.