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Israeli firefighters extinguish a fire in a field caused from incendiary kites flown by Gazan terrorists, near Kibbutz Nahal Oz, near the border with the Gaza Strip, May 15, 2018.

In what has already become a routine, Sunday was another black day in the Gaza Belt area with some 30 fires having been started by balloon (fire)bombs and arson kites flown into the region by Gaza terrorists.

Jewish National Fund (JNF) western Negev regional director Danny Ben David sounded discouraged during an interview on Radio DaromsGood Morning South” program, saying that it would be many years before the damage caused by the arson could be repaired.

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“First we’ll let winter take its course, in order to see which trees will come back on their own. Only after that can we assess the situation and determine the ability of the land to recover from the damage and then see what is to be done. We know that in order for the area to return to its original state two months ago, it will take at least 10 to 15 years,” Ben David said.

“At the moment, we still do not know how to estimate the damage, but because we are talking about thousands of dunams, we are talking about tens of millions of shekels in order rehabilitate the area,” he said. Ben David is in the field every day with the KKL teams, helping the firefighters extinguish the many fires.

“There’s a connection between ​​all the bodies in the area who can work in the field, and all of us, all day, facing the same problem. I am aware that there are efforts by the army to find solutions to this phenomenon. ” Ben David stressed there are no special guidelines for travel in areas where the balloon bomb and arson kites are being flown; each person, he said, has to make sense and make his own considerations.

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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.