Gaza fire balloons spark 3 blazes in south, a marked drop from recent days

The fire department reports that three blazes were sparked throughout the day in southern Israel by balloon-borne incendiary devices launched from the Gaza Strip — a significant drop from previous days.

This time yesterday, eight fires sparked by incendiary balloons had been reported.

It is not immediately clear what accounts for this decrease in airborne arson attacks, though earlier in the day Palestinian media reported on a potential breakthrough in ceasefire negotiations between Israel and the Gaza-ruling Hamas terror group.

According to Fire and Rescue Services, the three fires are all located in the Eshkol region, east of southern Gaza. They are relatively small and do not pose a risk to nearby communities.

— Judah Ari Gross

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