Wednesday saw a wave of attacks against southern Israel by terrorists in Gaza. At least six documented fires erupted in the Gaza periphery due to a series of incendiary balloon attacks emanating from the Gaza Strip. Two of the balloons exploded near the Eshkol Regional Council buildings in the afternoon.
Since Sunday, more than 20 large fires were ignited by the balloon bombs launched by the terrorists. In response to the wave of attacks this week, the IDF announced that it would shrink the marine fishing area around Gaza to six nautical miles from it’s previous 12. The announcement said that the reduction was a direct response to the balloon arson.
Lt. Col. Avichai Adrei, the IDF spokesman for the Arabic language, sent a message today to residents of Gaza today on Twitter and wrote: “The fishing industry in Gaza is one of the leading commercial fields in the Gaza Strip. Are there fish that are more tasty than those of Gaza? Unfortunately, and in view of the continued launching of firebombs from Gaza into Israel in order to burn fields, the State of Israel is forced to reduce the fishing area. The terror that emanates from the Gaza Strip harms the residents of Gaza. As residents of Gaza, do not let the terrorist leaders steal from you what Allah has given you.”
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)