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Eco-Terrorism Sets Southern Israeli Farmland Ablaze, Damage Estimates Skyrocketing
by Hana Levi Julian
Eco-terror attacks on Israeli farmland left fields torched Monday by Molotov terror kites flown across the security fence from Gaza.
Helium balloons bearing rags soaked in kerosene and set aflame touched down in the wheat fields between Kfar Aza and Kibbutz Mefalsim, and grasslands in the Be’eri Forest area, setting both afire.
The damage was estimated in the tens of thousands of dollars – hundreds of thousands of shekels. All of the fires were extinguished by firefighters who raced to the scene; but the loss of the wheat harvest so close to the harvest has cost the farmers – and the state – dearly.
“This is not agricultural terrorism, but actual terrorism,” Ofer Liberman from Kibbutz Nir Am told the Hebrew-language Maariv newspaper. He said he didn’t want to imagine what might happen if a combine harvest operator were to be trapped in a field during a fire.
The attacks were carried out in seven different locations in the Gaza Belt region; a wheat field in the Sha’ar HaNegev Regional Council district was charred in one case.