Despite ceasefire, arson balloon launched from Gaza sparks fire in Israel

A balloon-borne arson device launched from the Gaza Strip sparked a fire today in a wheat field in the Eshkol region of southern Israel, Fire and Rescue Services says.

Firefighters extinguished the blaze earlier in the day. Afterward, investigators were able to determine that the cause of the fire was an “arson balloon,” a fire department spokesman says.

He adds that there was another blaze in the area today that was not caused by an arson attack from Gaza.

The apparent attack comes despite an unofficial ceasefire since this morning that has seen no rockets fired from the Strip or Israeli airstrikes after a two-day flareup.

— with Judah Ari Gross

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