Photo Credit: Southern District Fire & Rescue Spokesperson
Fire in a hay storage area of Moshav Gilat

Fires started by arson kites and firebomb balloons launched by Gaza terrorists once again leveled forest lands on Wednesday in southern Israel.

At least 27 fires were started in southern Israel on Wednesday by Gaza terrorists, according to Israel Southern District Fire and Rescue spokesperson Eli Cohen.

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Of those, six fires were started in the Be’eri Forest, according to Jewish National Fund (JNF-KKL) Regional Director Danny Ben David. Three were started in Kissufim.

Firefighters in the Western Negev spent several hours working to get control over a fire that started among bales of hay in a storage barn in Moshav Gilat, and then began to spread toward the direction of the chicken coops. Two Israeli Air Force teams were dispatched to the scene to assist in containing the flames.

By 6 pm local time, at least 12 firefighter teams were still out in the field working to contain the flames, including at least 30 firefighters, four firefighting planes and steam shovels.

More than 30,000 acres have been burned to the ground and more than $2 million dollars in damage has been caused by the daily attacks by Gaza terrorists.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.
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