Israel Slashes Gaza Fishing Zone After Incendiary Balloon Fires
Jerusalem, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 26th Jul, 2021 ) :Israel on Sunday reduced by half the fishing zone off Gaza, defence officials said, after incendiary balloons launched from the Palestinian enclave caused fires in the Jewish state.
"It has been decided to reduce the fishing zone in the Gaza Strip from 12 nautical miles to six nautical miles," the Israeli military branch responsible for civil affairs in the Palestinian territories (COGAT) said.
"It will therefore bear the consequences for the violence committed against the citizens of the state of Israel." Earlier Sunday, Israeli firefighters said they extinguished brush blazes "in three points in a small area in the Eshkol region", noting that investigations had "determined the cause as being incendiary balloons".
The balloons are basic devices intended to set fire to farmland surrounding the Israeli-blockaded Palestinian enclave.
There has been sporadic unrest since a ceasefire ended the conflict, with incendiary balloons launched from Gaza and Israeli reprisal air strikes targeting facilities belonging to Hamas. No casualties have been reported.