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Gazan said hit by Israeli gunfire amid rash of arson attacks

The IDF says it is investigating; at least 15 fires said started Tuesday by incendiary balloons, kites flown from the Hamas-run Strip

Adam Rasgon is the Palestinian affairs reporter at The Times of Israel

A picture taken on July 20, 2018, shows an Israeli Merkava battle tank patrolling along along the border with the Gaza Strip near Kibbutz Nahal Oz in southern Israel. (AFP Photo/Jack Guez)
A picture taken on July 20, 2018, shows an Israeli Merkava battle tank patrolling along along the border with the Gaza Strip near Kibbutz Nahal Oz in southern Israel. (AFP Photo/Jack Guez)

A young Palestinian was hit by Israeli gunfire in the border region between Israel and the Gaza Strip, Ashraf al-Qidra, a spokesman for the Hamas-run Health Ministry, said on Tuesday.

He said the Palestinian was east of Gaza City when he was shot, but did not mention his name or what he was doing in the border region.

The IDF said it was investigating reports of the Palestinian being shot.

The shooting came as a tense calm along the border region threatened to explode again over the launch of incendiary devices over the border.

On Tuesday, firefighters battled 15 blazes in southern Israel sparked by flaming balloons and kites emanating from Gaza, a spokesman for the Fire and Rescue Services Southern District said.

A viper snake that was killed during a fire in southern Israel sparked by an incendiary balloon launched from the Gaza Strip on July 29, 2018. (Israel Fire and Rescue Services Southern District)

The fires broke out at the agriculture communities of Nir Am, Tlamim, Erez, Holit, Shokeda, and Kissufim among other places, the spokesman said.

For the past few months, some young Palestinians in Gaza have been launching incendiary kites and balloons into southern Israel, incurring millions of dollars in damage to farmlands.

On Monday, the Police said a “suspicious” balloon was found in Beer Sheva, but did not say if it had come from Gaza.

A picture released by police showed a cluster of 4 balloons with a green string attached to it.

Jacob Magid contributed to this report.

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