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Israel cuts back Gaza fishing zone over incendiary balloons

Israel has cut the fishing zone it allows off Gaza, an official says Thursday, in the third such response in a fortnight to Palestinian incendiary balloons.

The Israeli official tells AFP on condition of anonymity that as of Wednesday the fishing limit for Gaza fishermen had been reduced from a maximum of 15 nautical miles to 10.

A spokesman for the Israeli fire service said incendiary balloons from Gaza caused three blazes on Tuesday.

It was only on Tuesday that Israel restored the limit to 15 miles after a previous reduction in response to fire balloons last week.

It imposed a similar cut on May 23.

The limit of up to 15 nautical miles set ahead of the April general election is the largest allowed in years.

— AFP

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