Photo Credit: David Strokov, Nature and Parks Authority
Be'eri nature preserve turtles victims of Gazan fire balloons

On Wednesday, about 1.25 acres of land were set on fire in the Be’eri Nature Preserve near the Gaza Strip border. One turtle survived the fire and another was burned.

An Israeli military vehicle drives by the Be’eri scorched fields burnt by Arab fire kites and balloons, May 15, 2018. / Photo credit: Hadas Parush/Flash90

The Beeri Forest used to be a rolling landscape of hills and fields in the Besor region south of Saad Junction in the Negev. In winter, the landscape was a combination of green fields, open spaces and badlands. In February, the area was famous for its carpets of red anemones.

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