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Arabs cut gas lines in Jerusalem in attempted terrorist attack

By Mason White 3:56 PM March 4, 2014
Scene of the incident 

By: Aryeh Savir
Israel Police said that a disaster was averted after firefighters put their lives on the line to repair cut gas lines, the Tazpit News Agency reported.

Firefighters evacuated dozens of residents from three buildings in the Armon Hanatziv neighborhood in Jerusalem, after two gas lines in the vicinity were severed.

A burning candle and other flammable materials were discovered near one of the cut lines. Police now believe the lines were intentionally cut in an attempted terror attack.

Experts on the scene detected combustive levels of gas. The gas lines were shut down and the buildings were ventilated.

The police are currently investigating the incident, with leads to the adjacent Arab neighborhood of Jabel Mukaber.

A Jerusalem Fire Department spokesperson stated that the firefighters’ quick action and decisiveness prevent a large scale disaster. “They prevented a tragedy while putting themselves in great personal danger,” he said.

Two months ago, a couple and their infant were killed in a gas leak blast in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Giloh. Another 11 were wounded, including one critically.

A month ago, a building collapsed in Acre, as a result of sabotaged gas lines in the building, killing five.