Israeli woman sets car on fire after being refused a cigarette

04:56 PM | 2 May, 2015
Israeli woman sets car on fire after being refused a cigarette
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JERUSALEM (Web Desk) - Security cameras at an Israeli gas station recorded the moment a woman set a man's fuel tank on fire when he refused to give her a cigarette.

The footage recorded at the Paz Gas station in Jerusalem shows the woman approach the man while he was pumping gas into his vehicle and has a brief conversation before walking away and quickly returning with a lighter, which she uses to ignite the man's fuel tank.

The flames were extinguished by gas station employees.

The man said he is familiar with the woman and she is often seen asking for change in the area. He said the woman was angry because he refused to give her a cigarette.

"I told investigators I feel sorry for her because it seemed she was in serious distress. She approached me, asking for something, but I couldn't understand her," the man told news site Ynet.

The woman was arrested by police, who said she denied starting the fire.

A man identified as the woman's father said the suspect is mentally unstable.