Terror group says ‘this is just the beginning’ as blazes reported in areas close to the border; slight damage caused to a wheat field in the Eshkol region
By Emanuel Fabian6 May 2021, 6:31 pm
Land in southern Israel, near the Gaza border, burnt by incendiary balloons sent from Gaza. (Moshe Baruchi/KKL-JNF/courtesy)
At least six brush fires were ignited Thursday in southern Israel by balloons carrying incendiary devices that were launched from the Hamas-run Gaza Strip, the fire department said.
Two of the fires ignited in the Be’eri forest, and another four in the Kissufim forest, two nature reserves located on the border of Israel and Gaza, a spokesperson for the Jewish National Fund said.
Slight damage was caused to a wheat field in one of the fires, a spokesperson for the Eshkol regional council said, confirming that there was no danger to any nearby towns.
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The Fire and Rescue Services said as the fires were small and were quickly gotten under control.
In Gaza, the so-called balloon unit, Ibna Al-Zuwari, said it had launched balloon-borne incendiary devices toward Israel.
“This is just the beginning,” the group said in a statement on Thursday.