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In video - Incendiary balloons spark large fire in forest near Gaza

Oct. 25, 2018 4:07 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 27, 2018 9:46 A.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A large fire broke out in the Kissufim forest, on Thursday, east of the besieged Gaza Strip, due to incendiary balloons launched by Palestinians from Gaza into southern Israel.

Hebrew-language news outlets reported firefighting crews arrived to the areas that caught fire and although strong winds spread the flames throughout the area faster, the crews managed to gain control of the flames.

The amount of damages remained unknown.

Sources also posted a photo of a balloon that landed in the Beer Tuvia Regional Council, near the city of Kiryat Malakhi, in southern Israel.

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.

In early October, it was documented that 1,053 fires were sparked in Israeli communities surrounding Gaza and that about 11,920 dunams (2,945 acres) of farmland and woodland were set on fire, prompting an "environmental disaster" in the area in the past six months.

The documentation also showed that about 353 fires broke out in the Kissufim forest in the same period.
The video below shows flames spreading through the Kissufim forest:
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