The Times of Israel: “The arson attacks came as Palestinians have been holding near-daily riots on the Gaza border in recent weeks.”
After several days of deadly rioting, bombing, and terror attacks along the Gaza border, the jihadist group Hamas is resorting to ecological terrorism by launching incendiary balloons that caused at least three fires in southern Israel.
“Six firefighting teams were deployed to two different areas in the Ben Shemen area near the Mitkan Adam IDF base in order to prevent the fire from spreading to the base, according to the Ayalon Regional Fire Brigade. Two planes were also deployed to help put out the fires,” the Jerusalem Post reported Friday afternoon.
It has started again.
A fire broke out near Kibbutz Kissufim in southern Israel as a result of incendiary balloons that were launched by Hamas in Gaza.
To my neighbors of southern Israel, if you see suspicious balloons in the sky please contact local authorities immediately. pic.twitter.com/SeU8hI745C
— Chaim • חיים (@ChaimSmierc) September 22, 2023
By launching incendiary-laden balloons, the terrorist group Hamas is once again employing the tactic of destroying large parts of Israeli forest and agricultural land. In 2018, the Gaza-based terrorist group scorched 7,000 acres of Israeli land using similar tactics. More than 3000 acres of land was destroyed in 2021 when Hamas again set of incendiary balloons and kites into Israel.
“Study finds nature reserves, forests and farmland were set ablaze by rocket fire and incendiary balloons sent from Gaza, endangering the diversity of flora and potentially wildlife in the local ecosystem,” the left-wing Israeli newspaper Haaretz noted in June 2021.
Palestinians affiliated with armed groups launch incendiary-laden balloons towards southern Israel today. pic.twitter.com/NwsgmXGFjF
— Joe Truzman (@JoeTruzman) September 20, 2023
The Israeli military responded to the arson attacks with drone strikes on fortified Hamas posts. The Times of Israel reported Friday:
The Israel Defense Forces carried out strikes in the Gaza Strip on Friday, after balloon-borne incendiary devices flown over the border by Palestinian terrorists sparked three fires in southern Israel, as tensions in the region heated up.
The arson attacks came as Palestinians have been holding near-daily riots on the Gaza border in recent weeks.
Firefighters from Fire and Rescue Services and the Jewish National Fund battled the blazes in the Eshkol Regional Council.
The Fire and Rescue Services said Friday evening that all three fires were extinguished.
The fires mark the first blazes caused by incendiary balloons in two years.
Palestinians again rioted on the Gaza border on Friday afternoon, for the sixth day in a row. There have been several other riots in recent weeks.
An IDF UAV struck 2 military posts belonging to the Hamas terrorist organization in Gaza, adjacent to areas from where violent riots were taking place and from which incendiary balloons were launched, adjacent to the Gaza security fence.
An IDF tank struck an additional Hamas… https://t.co/8gKRnmB16V
— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) September 22, 2023
Earlier this week, Hamas fighters planted IEDs along the Gaza border and threw bombs at Israeli soldiers manning the Israeli security fence. The jihadist group has had little success so far, despite having lost some of its bomb experts. As Legal Insurrection reported, “[On Sunday,] 5 terrorists planting explosives trying to bring down an Israeli border wall experienced premature detonation.”
Why the IDF is attacking the Gaza Strip: Repeated Hamas-led attacks at the border, including small arms fire at security forces. pic.twitter.com/xwlJwnnH8S
— Joe Truzman (@JoeTruzman) September 22, 2023
Palestinian terrorists strike in Jerusalem, Judea, and Samaria
As Hamas fighters try to breach Israel’s border in the south, Palestinian terrorists continued their attacks on Israeli civilians. On Friday, Palestinian terrorists carried out two attacks inside Israel.
The Israeli TV channel i24NEWS reported Friday:
An Israeli security guard in his 20s was wounded in a stabbing attack in Jerusalem’s Givat Hamivtar light rail station Thursday evening, according to a statement by Magen David Adom.
The terrorist was “neutralized,” preliminary disclosure by the Israel Police said, after the stabbing attempt.
At 9:02 pm, the first responders said, a call came in about a stabbing attack. The victim was evacuated to a nearby hospital in fair condition.
Several hours earlier, a Palestinian opened fire at Israeli security forces at the Qalandia crossing, a major artery into the capital from the West Bank. Two Israelis were wounded.
Israel’s security establishment is dealing with an increase in terrorist incidents over the Jewish high holidays.
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