Courtesy of Hassan Jedi/Flash90 via JNS  Palestinians prepare balloons that will be attached to flammable material to be launched into Israel from the Gaza Strip, on June 25, 2019.

Courtesy of Hassan Jedi/Flash90 via JNS 

Palestinians prepare balloons that will be attached to flammable material to be launched into Israel from the Gaza Strip, on June 25, 2019. 

 

(JNS) A fire that broke out on August 7  in the Gaza-adjacent Simhoni forest was the result of an arson balloon flown over the Gaza border fence, an arson investigator from the Ashkelon Fire and Rescue Service determined.

The incident marked the first fire in the area to be caused by an arson balloon from Gaza in about a month.

Last month, Israel Defense Forces’ Chief of Staff, Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi, and head of the Southern Command ,Maj. Gen. Herzi Halevi, met with heads of local authorities near Gaza.

During the meeting, Kochavi said that the IDF was using every tool at its disposal to put a stop to arson terrorism from the Gaza Strip. He also briefed the local authority heads on the situation in Gaza, and provided an overview of the terrorist organizations active there.

The meeting touched on common goals and discussed continued cooperation between the IDF and Gaza border communities.

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