Israel’s fire and rescue service said Tuesday evening that 29 fires had been sparked in southern Israel throughout the day by balloon-borne incendiary devices lofted from Gaza.
It said most of the fires were small and posed no danger to people or property.
Most of those were centered in the Sha’ar Hanegev, Eshkol, and Merhavim regional councils. In all of those cases, fire service investigators determined the cause to be arson balloons launched from Gaza.
Later in the evening, an explosive device attached to a balloon exploded inside a basketball court in the town of Netivot, causing property damage.
In recent days the IDF has responded to dozens of daily arson balloons and intermittent rocket fire with near-nightly reprisal strikes on Hamas targets in the Strip, including underground infrastructure, weapons production facilities, cement factories used to make parts for tunnels, and observation posts along the border.
The 29 fires caused by airborne arson attacks in southern Israel on Tuesday followed 36 on Monday, 28 on Sunday and 35 the day before, according to the fire department.
On Monday, a senior Hamas official told the pro-Hamas channel Palestine Today that the surge in violence would continue until the terror group’s demands on lifting the blockade were met.
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