Meanwhile, the kite terror, in which Palestinians affix kites and balloons with incendiary devices and fly them into Israeli territory to burn farmland, continued on Sunday, with 12 fires erupting by the afternoon in the western Negev.
Six fires broke out yet again in Be'eri Forest in southern Israel, while five swept through parts of Kissufim Forest while another one broke out in the Simchoni Forest in the Sha'ar HaNegev Regional Council situated some 400 meters from Kibbutz Kfar Aza.
Earlier, police sappers were called to one of the communities in Shafir Regional Council near the city of Kiryat Gat following reports of a suspicious balloon that had landed in the area. The area was closed off by police while the sappers dealt with the balloon.
The police issued a statement shortly after the incident. “We repeat and remind the public to show responsibility and to report any suspicious objects, including kites and balloons to emergency hotline 100 and to distance themselves from the area until the conclusion of an examination of the Israel Police sappers,” the statement said.
Last Thursday, around 20 fires broke out in various areas in south Israel along the Gaza border due to incendiary balloons being flown from the strip, with the largest conflagration erupting in Kibbutz Be'eri and Kibbutz Alumim.