Firefighters in southern Israel once again had their hands full on Tuesday — and Wednesday — as both Israelis and Americans who came to volunteer battled flames from one end of the day to the other.
More than 15 fires were started on Tuesday alone in the southern region, all of them ignited by arson kites and incendiary balloons from Gaza.
EVP's #American #firefighters worked late into the evening to assist Israeli fire crews in putting out many of the over 15 fires sparked by #Hamas incendiary balloons in southern Israel today. Most importantly, no one was hurt. @jfederations pic.twitter.com/SwHtkFPlU7
— Emergency Volunteer Project (@EVPIsrael) July 31, 2018
On Wednesday, another firefighters battled at least 11 more blazes in the region, according to the regional fire and rescue division.
Friedman thanked the Israeli and American firefighters, who came from all over the United States. “They demonstrated an amazing solidarity between the American people and the Israeli people,” he said. “It’s an act of true friendship and true love.”
.@USAmbIsrael thanked the Israeli and American firefighters who came from all over the United States and said: “They demonstrated an amazing solidarity between the American people and the Israeli people. It's an act of true friendship and true love” @EVPIsrael @jfederations pic.twitter.com/nXVASRuKM8
— USEmbassyJerusalem (@usembassyjlm) August 1, 2018
Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman decided on Wednesday to ban the delivery of fuel and gasoline to Gaza through the Kerem Shalom crossing, until terrorists end their arson attacks against southern Israel and violence at the border.
“The return of the Kerem Shalom Crossing to full operation is dependent upon a total end to the balloon launches and clashes on the border,” said a spokesperson for the Defense Ministry.