Gaza balloons spark at least nine fires in southern Israel

Judah Ari Gross is The Times of Israel's religions and Diaspora affairs correspondent.

Terrorists in the Gaza Strip sparked at least nine fires in southern Israel throughout the day and likely a tenth with balloon-borne incendiary devices, Fire and Rescue Services investigators say.

These arson attacks come as tensions have been heating up between Israel and terror groups in Gaza.

Firefighters from Fire and Rescue Services, the Israel Defense Forces, the Jewish National Fund and local communities have been battling brushfires throughout the day in the Eshkol and Sdot Negev regions of southern Israel.

Investigators have determined that at least nine fires in Eshkol were sparked by these balloon-based attacks and that another in Sdot Negev was also likely the result of arson, but this was still being checked, Fire and Rescue Services says.

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