Arson balloon causes large fire in Israeli community near Gaza-border

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ILLUSTRATIVE: Firefighters and security teams are fighting the fire that broke up in a cowshed, caused by a kite loaded with an incendiary device launched from Gaza, in Nahal-Oz on July 21, 2018. Photo by Gili Yaari/FLASH90

Arson balloon causes large fire in Israeli community near Gaza-border

The largest fire in six months caused by an arson balloon from Gaza, broke out Saturday evening at Ein HaBesor, near the Gaza border.

 

 An arson balloon sent from Gaza caused an intense fire in the Israeli community of Ein HaBesor, near the Gaza border Saturday night.  The fire was the largest such arson attack in six months.

Teams of firefighters, security teams, and even farmers battled to stop the fire before it destroyed greenhouses growing vegetables and flowers.

According to reports, a resident saw the balloon land and a fire ignited just minutes later, as the resident went for help. The balloon also ignited a landfill, which could burn for several days.

Spokesman of the southern district’s fire department, Eli Cohen, said the arson attack caused the third landfill fire in the south in the past two days.

At least 10 arson fires were reported since violent clashes between 20,000 Gaza rioters and IDF soldiers on Friday. Over 8,000 acres of Israeli land have been destroyed by airborne incendiary attacks from Gaza since March.

The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit reported being attacked with grenades and explosive devices. The Israeli Air Force responded with two airstrikes on Hamas positions.

Smoke emanating from tires burned by protesters on Friday forced Residents of Kibbutz Kerem Shalom to shutter themselves in their homes.

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