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Israel seals off road, incendiary balloons spark fires

Sept. 30, 2018 3:07 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 1, 2018 10:25 A.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli police sealed off route 35, on Sunday, near the Jabaati junction in southern Israel due to incendiary balloons landing on the road after being launched from the besieged Gaza Strip.

According to Hebrew-language news outlets, Israeli police arrived at the scene along with explosive experts to examine suspicious objects that landed on the road, which later were reported to be incendiary balloons.

Israeli police requested drivers to take an alternative route while removing the incendiary balloons from the area.

Sources added that the sealed off road was later reopened.

Additionally, sources confirmed that two fires broke out near two various Israeli communities surrounding Gaza, one being the illegal Israeli settlement of Kissufim.

The fires were reported to be a result of incendiary balloons launched from Gaza, however, were managed and extinguished by firefighting crews.

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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