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Incendiary balloon sparks fires in forest near Gaza

Feb. 20, 2019 11:23 A.M. (Updated: Feb. 24, 2019 10:38 A.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Two fires broke out in the Kissufim forest near Israeli communities surrounding the besieged Gaza Strip due to incendiary balloons launched from Gaza.

Hebrew-language news outlets reported that an incendiary balloon sparked two fires to break out, however, no injuries were reported from the incident.

Sources added that the fire was fairly small and Israeli firefighters managed to extinguish the fire quickly.

This is the first such incident occurred since November 2018.

Palestinians in Gaza view the incendiary kites as a form of protest against Israel's nearly 12-year blockade of Gaza and for Palestinian refugees right of return to their homes and lands which are now known as Israel.

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