By TZVI JOFFRE
IDF firefighters extinguishing a fire in Gaza Envelope in south Israel, one of 25 fires in the region today, caused by incendiary balloons, sent by terrorists from Gaza. Gaza Envelope, Jun 27, 2019 (photo credit: AVIV HERTZ/ TPS)
Despite a reported agreement between Hamas and Israel, 14 fires were sparked by incendiary balloons on Friday. Another 2 fires were caused by balloons on Saturday.
Residents of Israel’s south have decided to turn to the United Nations concerning the waves of incendiary balloons that have been launched from Gaza towards Israeli communities near the Strip, according to Channel 12.
Heads of the regional councils near the Gaza border and residents of communities in the area are looking into the legal options for turning to the UN in order to protest the disruptions and human rights violations carried out by the Hamas terror organization against residents of southern Israel.
“I’m from a community near the Gaza Strip and I feel invisible,” said one resident in a video by the Unity with the South protest group. “I feel like the rest of the country doesn’t see me.”
“Right wing people say that I deserve this because of the disengagement. Left wing people say that I deserve this because I voted for Bibi (Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu),” she added. “We’re been shields for the state for years and I feel like we’re the body bags of the state.”
Despite a reported agreement between Hamas and Israel, 14 fires were sparked by incendiary balloons on Friday. Another 2 fires were caused by balloons on Saturday, according to a spokesman for Israel’s Fire and Rescue Services.
100 fires were reported in total in the past week, but no government officials even visited the area or discussed the issue with the heads of regional councils in the area, according to Channel 13.
On Friday, some 7,000 Palestinians violently demonstrated along the border where an IDF jeep caught fire after a Molotov cocktail hit it. There were no reports of Israeli injuries.
IDF troops used riot dispersal means against the protesters, including live fire. At least 49 Palestinians were injured. Eight medics and one journalist were also reported as injured, according to the Gaza Health Ministry.
Israel expanding the Gaza fishing zone up to 15 nautical miles at 10 a.m. and agreeing to return 60 confiscated boats. Israel also agreed to resume fuel delivery to the blockaded strip with a reported four trucks transporting more than 150,000 liters of fuel. Israel had stopped the fuel shipments on Tuesday after more than 100 fires broke out due to incendiary balloons. Two weeks ago, Israel imposed a full maritime blockade on the coastal enclave.
As part of the understanding, Hamas is said to have committed to preventing the launch of the aerial incendiary devices and ensuring that the border protests are nonviolent.
Anna Ahronheim contributed to this report.