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Incendiary balloons land in central Israel, West Bank

Oct. 11, 2018 2:37 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 11, 2018 4:10 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Two incendiary balloons, launched from the besieged Gaza Strip towards Israel, landed in two different places, on Thursday.

Hebrew-language news outlets reported that an incendiary balloon landed in Bat Yam City, south of Tel Aviv, in central Israel.

Reports also said that the Israeli police found an incendiary balloon near the Israeli illegal settlement of Nof Ayalon, west of the central occupied West Bank district of Ramallah.

No injuries nor damages were reported in both incidents.

Over the last four months, particularly southern Israel has experienced hundreds of fires due to the continuous launch of incendiary kites and balloons from besieged Gaza.

According to data received from KKL (Jewish National Fund Keren Kayemet Leisrael), 11,920 dunams (2,945 acres) of farmland and woodland were set on fire by incendiary kites and balloons launched from the besieged Gaza Strip into Israel over the past six months, prompting an environmental disaster in the area.

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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