RAMALLAH (Dispatches) -- A massive fire broke out at an Israeli military base in the West Bank early Saturday amid rising tensions in the occupied territories.
According to the Palestinian media sources, the blaze started at the base close to the town of Al-Ram, which lies northeast of Al-Quds, is still burning.
Last Sunday, Israeli media reported a huge blaze at an industrial and logistics complex in the northern port city of Haifa, where several buildings “containing hazardous materials” caught fire.
Video posted to social media showed flames engulfing the structures, but it was unclear what exactly was stored in the buildings, where light-colored flames shot into the air.
There has been numerous cases of suspicious fires across the occupied territories in recent weeks, but they have largely been neglected by the mainstream media.
The large fire broke out close to a residential building on Bar Yehuda Street early Sunday, and explosions were heard as flames detonated the contents of the building.
The new incident came amid reports of sexual assault and harassment at Israeli military bases and barracks.
The occupying regime’s military recorded 46 reports of sexual assault in 2021 compared to twenty-two reports the previous year, according to the Israeli public broadcaster Kan.
The increase in reports of such incidents particularly among female soldiers is attributed to the fact that they can now lodge complaints.
Nevertheless, the actual number of sexual harassment and assault is thought to be much higher than what has been announced.
Kan said the number of requests for psychological support as a result of sexual assaults in the Israeli army has doubled, and now stands at 542 cases.
Back in February, a Zionist officer was indicted on several counts of sexual assault against three of his subordinates.
According to Kan, a female soldier filed a complaint against the officer after she was released from the military.