Fresh fires sparked by flaming devices flown from Gaza
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Fresh fires sparked by flaming devices flown from Gaza

Firefighters extinguish blaze close to Kissufim, working to put out 2 other fires near Be’eri and Nir Am

Illustrative. A firefighter extinguishing a fire in a field near the Gaza Strip that was sparked by a flaming object flown from the Palestinian enclave, on June 5, 2018. (Yonatan Sindel/ Flash90)
Illustrative. A firefighter extinguishing a fire in a field near the Gaza Strip that was sparked by a flaming object flown from the Palestinian enclave, on June 5, 2018. (Yonatan Sindel/ Flash90)

Fresh fires broke out Sunday in Israeli communities near the Gaza Strip as a result of flaming airborne devices launched from the Palestinian enclave.

Firefighters extinguished the fire near Kibbutz Kissufim and were working to put out a pair of blazes near the farming communities of Be’eri and Nir Am.

Earlier in the day, a suspicious balloon landed in the yard of a home in the southern city of Sderot, police said.

Police said officers arrived at the house and closed off the area following a report from a Sderot resident who saw the balloon land.

Police sappers were called to the scene to inspect the suspicious object.

A suspicious balloon in the yard of a house in the southern city of Sderot on June 24, 2018. (Israel Police)

Sunday’s fires came a day after flaming objects flown from Gaza started 26 blazes in southern Israel.

Palestinian media reported that Israeli military aircraft fired warning shots on Saturday near a group of Palestinians in Gaza launching incendiary devices toward Israel.

There were no reported injuries as a result of the warning shots east of Gaza City.

Since March 30, Palestinians in Gaza have launched hundreds of kites and helium balloons bearing flammable materials, and occasionally explosives, sparking near-daily fires that have burned thousands of acres of land in southern Israel.

The Israeli military has carried out multiple warning strikes in recent weeks at groups of Gazans preparing to launch incendiary devices toward Israel. The army has said repeatedly that it will act to prevent the launch of the airborne incendiary devices and explosives.

Palestinians prepare a kite loadedwith flammable material to to fly across the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of Gaza City on June 22, 2018. (AFP Photo/Mahmud Hams)

Israeli leaders on Wednesday evening warned the Hamas terrorist group, which rules Gaza, and other terror groups in the Strip, that the military was prepared to take more intense offensive action as well.

“The intensity will increase as necessary,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at a graduation ceremony for new IDF officers. “We are prepared for every scenario, and it’s best that our enemies understand this right now.”

“The steel fist of the IDF will strike hard at anyone who attempts to harm us,” he added.

Israeli leaders were split on how to respond to those responsible for the airborne arson attacks, with some calling for the IDF to shoot the kite flyers and balloon launchers on sight, while others argued that this was a step too far.

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