A group of Palestinians infiltrated Israeli territory from the southern Gaza Strip Sunday and set fire to an abandoned IDF post along the border, before rushing back into the coastal enclave, the army said.
A military spokesperson said IDF troops spotted the breach, but the Palestinians had already fled back into Gaza by the time they arrived.
The Palestinians continued sending incendiary kites and balloons over the border sparking at 20 fires in the western Negev, the Eshkol regional council said.
Of those, six fires were in the Be’eri forest, five in the Kissufim Forest, and another adjacent to Kibbutz Kfar Aza.
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“The threat of arson is not a reality we are prepared to accept as part of our lives,” the spokesperson from the Eshkol council said. “This message has been regularly passed on to the relevant authorities and those who make the decisions.”
Separately, police said that sappers were called to deal with what appeared to be flammable material attached to a balloon sent from Gaza that landed in a forested area near the southern city of Kiryat Gat, some 30 kilometers (20 miles) from Gaza.