Hundreds of Israeli high school students came on Monday to help southern Israeli farmers rehabilitate their burnt fields after weeks of almost daily fires.







A fire in a wheat field caused by an incendiary kite

A fire in a wheat field caused by an incendiary kite Photo credit: Yonatan Sindel, Flash 90

Multiple fires broke out in southern Israel on Monday as a result of incendiary balloons being flown from the Gaza Strip. The flames damaged fields and crops adjacent to the border.

“We’re entering a new wave of terror,” said Yair Farjun, the head of the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council. “I’m sure that the state will direct plenty of resources to deal with it, just like it dealt with the mortars and missiles. I’m certain that the army will use its technological capabilities to find a solution.”

Farjun called on government officials to hold talks with heads of Israeli towns surrounding the Gaza Strip “in order to prepare a multi-year financial plan that will enable us to deal with the variety of terror acts we face.”

The Israeli government is looking into several possible ways of dealing with the problem, including the use of ATVs specially designed to carry two firefighters each, as well as firefighting equipment. These will allow for a quicker response to arson attacks.

Meanwhile, 250 high school students came on Monday to help southern-Israeli farmers rehabilitate their burnt fields after weeks of almost daily fires.