Fires break out in Israeli communities adjacent to Gaza border a day after Israel shrinks Gaza fishing zone because of fire balloons
[IsraelTimes] Firefighters are working to extinguish a number of fires in the Israeli communities surrounding the Gazoo Strip, some of which were caused by balloon-borne incendiary devices, the fire department says.
Paleostinian media is reporting that the Sons of Zoari terror group has launched hundreds of these arson balloons into southern Israel from Gazoo throughout the day.
At least two fires in the Eshkol region of southern Israel were sparked by these devices, the local fire department says.
One of them caused a large amount of damage to a wheat field outside Kibbutz Nahal Oz.
Israel shrinks Gaza fishing zone after rash of arson balloons
A day after expanding fishing area to 15 nautical miles, military restricts it back to 10, following spate of fires in southern Israel.
reduce the fishing fleet. It's more effective
The incendiary attacks would appear to violate the reported terms of the truce.
The last days have seen an uptick in the amount of balloon-borne incendiary devices launched into Israel, despite the reported truce.
Israel refuses to officially acknowledge the existence of a ceasefire agreement, but has largely abided by the reported terms of it.
According to Israel’s Channel 12 news, the agreement includes a Hamas obligation to halt violent incidents along the border fence, maintaining a buffer zone 300 meters from the border; an end to the launching of incendiary balloons at Israeli communities and nighttime clashes between Gazans and security forces; and a stop to flotillas trying to break through the maritime border between Gaza and Israel.
In return, Israel expanded the fishing zone and agreed to enable United Nations cash-for-work programs, allow medicine and other civil aid to enter the Strip, and open negotiations on matters relating to electricity, crossings, healthcare and funds.
Posted by: trailing wife 2019-05-25