Discrepancies Emerge on Number of Fires in Gaza Border Area

YERUSHALAYIM -
A man uses a chainsaw to clear trees damaged by mortar shells fired from the Gaza Strip that landed near a kindergarten, in a kibbutz on the Israeli side of the Israeli-Gaza border, May 29. (Reuters/Amir Cohen)

Gaza sources said that two terrorists had been killed in an Israeli airstrike early Sunday. The IDF acted in Gaza overnight Motzoei Shabbos, in response to ongoing terrorism from Gaza. Over the weekend, Gaza terrorists continued sending terror balloons and kites at Israeli territory. Earlier, Gaza sources said that a terrorist who had been injured on Friday died Motzoei Shabbos. The 17-year-old terrorist was injured after he attempted to attack IDF soldiers in rioting at the Gaza border fence.

The IDF attack overnight Motzoei Shabbos was in response to the ongoing “kite terror” attacks against Israel by Gaza Arab terrorists, despite several proclamations of ceasefires in recent days. At least six fires were ignited Shabbos by Arab terrorists, with one of the blazes, at Sapir College near Sderot, required several firefighting crews to douse.

A report on Channel 20 highlighted the discrepancy in how many fires have been set. On Friday, firefighters said that they had fought 10 blazes, assisted by workers of the Jewish National Fund. The JNF itself said that it had fought a dozen blazes. However, speaking Motzoei Shabbos, MK Chaim Yellin (Zionist Camp) said that according to his sources, there were 32 blazes, “all of them caused by balloons and kites,” Channel 20 reported him as saying. Channel 20 itself said that according to its researchers, there were 23 fires in southern Israel on Friday.