ISRAEL AT WAR - DAY 147

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Balloon-borne incendiary devices from Gaza spark brushfires in southern Israel

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent

A fire is seen in the Kissufim forest as a result of incendiary balloons launched from the Gaza Strip on September 22, 2023. (Jewish National Fund)
A fire is seen in the Kissufim forest as a result of incendiary balloons launched from the Gaza Strip on September 22, 2023. (Jewish National Fund)

Palestinians in the Gaza Strip sparked at least two fires in southern Israel today with balloon-borne incendiary devices, Fire and Rescue Services investigators say.

These arson attacks come as Palestinians have been holding near-daily riots on the Gaza border in recent weeks.

The Fire and Rescue Services says one fire was put out immediately, while the second is still not under control.

Firefighters from Fire and Rescue Services and the Jewish National Fund are battling the blaze in the Eshkol Regional Council.

The fires mark the first blazes caused by incendiary balloons in two years.

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