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Fires break out in Israeli communities near Gaza

Aug. 3, 2018 3:54 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 3, 2018 4:34 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- About ten fires broke out in Israeli communities surrounding the besieged Gaza Strip borders, on Friday, due to incendiary balloons launched from the besieged Gaza Strip.

According to Hebrew-language news outlets, Israeli firefighters have been attempting to extinguish all the fires outside the Gaza borders since Friday morning and were able to gain control over all of the flames.

Sources confirmed that the fires broke out due to the continuous launch of incendiary balloons from the Gaza Strip towards southern Israel.

In July, it was reported that about 6,000 dunams (1482.6 acres) of agricultural produce as well as thousands of dunams of open fields were burned due to about 678 fires caused by incendiary kites and balloons flown from inside the Gaza Strip.

Large numbers of Israeli forces were deployed across the Gaza border aiming to prevent the fires from spreading by early detection of the incendiary kites and balloons.

On Thursday, Israeli Defense Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, issued an order banning the entry of fuel and gas into the besieged Gaza Strip through the Kerem Shalom crossing, following the continued noticeable launch of incendiary kites and explosive balloons from Gaza.
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