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Incendiary balloons land in southern Israel

Feb. 12, 2019 11:04 A.M. (Updated: Feb. 12, 2019 2:07 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A number of incendiary balloons, launched from the besieged Gaza Strip towards Israel, landed in Ofakim town, in southern Israel, on Tuesday.

Hebrew-language news outlets reported that Israeli military sources confirmed that the incendiary balloons were launched from Gaza and that it is part of the recent escalation near the security border fence.

No fires were reported.

According to data received from KKL (Jewish National Fund Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael), thousands of dunams of farmland and woodland were set on fire by incendiary kites and balloons launched from the besieged Gaza Strip into Israel from May until October 2018.

KKL 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.

However, 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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