Incendiary Balloon

After two years: a fire broke out in the Kissufim forest from an incendiary balloon

A fire broke out in the Kissufim Forest near the Gaza border, most likely as a result of an incendiary balloon launched from the Gaza Strip. The last known incident of incendiary balloons was in 2021.

Wildfire (Photo: employees and foresters of the Jewish National Fund (KKL))

In the last hour, a fire was ignited in KKL's Kissufim forest near the fence of the settlement of Kissufim, apparently as a result of an incendiary balloon that was blown up from the Gaza Strip. In 2018, in exactly the same place, the first fire took place at the beginning of the Balloon Terror.

The Palestinians also announced that they blew up incendiary balloons and published photos of terrorist operatives blowing up balloons. In the meantime, about 5 acres in the forest were burned.

KKL and Israel Fire and Rescue Services teams are fighting on the spot to put out the fire. The traveling public is requested not to approach the place.

The last time incendiary balloons were released was in 2021 when three fires broke out simultaneously in Kibbutz Nir Am in the Shaar HaNegev Regional Council. Following the warning about the possibility of incendiary balloons, KKL and Israel Fire and Rescue Services teams began to increase firefighting teams. Several more fire engines were sent to the Gaza Strip during the weekend.

In the past month there have been disturbances at the Gaza border, as part of an attempt to renew the weekly riots. Hamas threatens to renew the "Marches of Return" against the background of the economic crisis in the Gaza Strip and following the many Palestinian deaths in incidents with the IDF in Nablus and Jenin, in addition to tensions on the Lebanese border with Hezbollah

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