In what could be the worst day of Gaza-launched arson against southern Israel since it started over a year ago, at least 24 fires were started by incendiary balloons on Thursday, according to initial reports.
If the rate of fires continues into the night, it will be the worst such day on record, according to the Times of Israel.
B’chasdei Shamayim, no injuries were reported.
The fires have been mostly in agricultural fields and grasslands, though some were also said to be in Israeli communities in the Sha’ar Hanegev and Eshkol regions, near the Gaza border.
As a punitive measure, Israel halted the supply of gasoline and diesel fuel from Israeli territory into the Gaza Strip on Tuesday. Last week, it re-imposed restrictions on the Gaza coastal fishing zone after a wave of fires.
New Right party leader Naftali Bennett said on Thursday that “the south is burning,” and Israel must hit the terrorists.