Gaza Arson Starts 8 Fires in South, IDF Responds

YERUSHALAYIM -
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Balloons carrying flammable material are attached to a cutout of a drone as they are flown by Palestinians to be sent to the Israeli side, during violent protests last week. (Reuters/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa)

At least eight different fires were started in southern Israel by incendiary balloons launched from the Gaza Strip on Wednesday.

A spokesman for the Israeli Fire and Rescue Services said crews were working to extinguish them as of the early evening hours.

In response, the IDF said it carried out a strike in the southern Gaza Strip, targeting a Hamas post from which the arson devices were sent aloft.

Earlier in the day, Palestinian media said that Israeli drones struck two targets in Gaza — one in the north and one in the south. No casualties were reported.

On Tuesday, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, who has been calling for a military offensive against Hamas, said:

“Some commentators tend to adopt an erroneous conception according to which one can want and can give, and I want to remind an important, wise man who once said, ‘They give — they’ll get; they don’t give — they won’t get.’

“If there’s quiet, if there’s calm, we know how to be neighbors. You don’t give quiet and calm, you’ll get what you deserve,” added the Defense Minister, according to Arutz Sheva.