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Palestinian Authority/Gaza, August 6, 2021

Gaza incendiary balloons cause multiple fires in Israeli border communities

Original source

The Jerusalem Post

Four fires caused by incendiary balloons broke out in several areas close to the Gaza Strip on Friday afternoon, HaKeren Kayemeth LeIsrael-Jewish National Fund (KKL-JNF) reported.

Three of the fires ignited in Kissufim forest, and the fourth in Be'eri forest.

A spokesperson for the Fire and Rescue department reported that four firefighting teams were working on the ground alongside KKL-JNF in order to bring the fires under control and prevent them from spreading further.

The Fire and Rescue Investigator for southern Israel arrived to the scene.

It was later determined that all four fires were caused by incendiary balloons launched from inside the Gaza Strip.

Israel has seen multiple fires break out across the country over the last few days, most notably in and around the Jerusalem area, as the long dry heatwaves caused forest-fires to catch and spread more easily.