From flaming kites and balloons to flaming falcons launched over the Gaza-Israel border fence, Hamas has ignited over 1,000 fires in the area adjacent to the Gaza Strip in the past three months, laying waste to more than 8,200 acres of forest and agricultural land. The torched areas include nature reserves where many animals have been burned to death, while others have lost their natural habitat.
Jewish News Egypt issued a warning to Hamas to put a halt to launching of flaming kites and balloons into Israel from Gaza, according to a report in Ynet.The ultimatum followed Israel’s announcement on Monday evening that it would close the Kerem Shalom crossing to gas and fuel supplies after Hamas launched a rocket into Israel earlier in the afternoon.
Also on Monday evening, Egypt announced that it would temporarily close the Rafah crossing in the wake of a technical malfunction. Hamas told Egypt that it could not entirely eliminate the kites and balloons, though allegedly told Egypt that it was working to reduce the number of incendiary balloons. Multiple fires broke out on Monday along the Israeli border with Gaza.
JPost Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman has vowed retaliating for incendiary kite attacks from the Gaza Strip, “It must be clear, we are unwilling to accept kite attacks, riots on the fence, or attempts to rush the fence and harm land that is under Israeli sovereignty.”
“We will act according to Israel’s interests at timing that is comfortable for us. We will not leave accounts open. We will settle accounts with Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and the rest of the terrorists operating against us from the Gaza Strip.”