Seven fires in south sparked by incendiary balloons launched from Gaza
Damage caused to greenhouse in the Eshkol region; no reports of injuries; balloon-borne attacks occur amid heightened tensions also in Jerusalem, West Bank
By Emanuel Fabian7 May 2021, 3:10 pm
Land in southern Israel, near the Gaza border, burns possibly as a result of incendiary balloons sent from Gaza on May 7, 2021. (Moshe Baruchi/KKL-JNF/courtesy)
Firefighting teams worked to extinguish at least seven fires on Friday in southern Israel that were caused by balloons carrying incendiary devices that were launched from the Gaza Strip, the fire department said.
Fires burned in the Kissufim forest, the Be’eri forest and the Habesor riverbed, all nature reserves located near the border between Israel and Gaza, a spokesperson for the Jewish National Fund said.
One of the balloons landed on a greenhouse, causing slight damage, the Kan public broadcaster reported.
Staff from the Jewish National Fund, the Fire and Rescue Services, and local security officers worked to extinguish the fires. The Fire and Rescue Services said as most of the fires were small, they were quickly controlled.
There were no reports of any injuries or danger to nearby towns.
In Gaza, the so-called “independent balloon unit,” Ibna Al-Zuwari, said on Friday it had launched balloon-borne incendiary devices toward Israel after it had warned a day earlier that “this is just the beginning.”
On Thursday at least six brush fires were ignited in southern Israel by balloons carrying incendiary devices that were launched from Gaza.