Photo Credit: Abed Rahim Khatib / Flash 90
A Gaza terrorist launches a terror balloon.

The Israel Air Force attacked a Hamas observation post east of Rafah in southern Gaza on Wednesday afternoon.

The IDF Spokesperson said in a statement that the air strike came in response to incendiary terror balloon attacks on southern Israel that were being flown from that location.

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Hamas terrorists have continued their campaign of daily arson terror attacks against southern Israel.

On Wednesday, those attacks escalated, with at least eight fires erupting in Israeli agricultural fields and forest land by mid-afternoon as a result of Hamas-flown incendiary balloons from Gaza.

Firefighters and environmental agency personnel were busy fighting at least six separate fires every day this week in southern Israel – each of them started by incendiary terror balloons flown from Gaza.

Thousands of acres of agricultural and forest land have been burned and destroyed in the past six months as a result of the terrorist attacks, including more than half of the forests in the western Negev.

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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.