A firefighter attempts to extinguish a fire burning scrubland in an area where Palestinians have been causing blazes by flying kites and balloons loaded with flammable materials, on the Israeli side of the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip, near kibbutz Nir Am, June 5, 2018.
(photo credit: AMIR COHEN/REUTERS)
Israel will invest NIS 8 million to farmers near the Gaza border to encourage early harvesting, according to Ynet on Wednesday.
The Ministry of Agriculture, the Prime Minister’s Office and the Ministry of Finance agreed on this grant in order to prevent fires near the border. The government hopes this will incentive farmers to reap their harvest before the crops dry up and possibly become fuel for fire.
Lately the Gaza border communities have been bombarded with rockets, with over 60 rockets fired from Gaza on Monday night
alone. Additionally the Gaza border fields have been continually terrorized by incendiary kites and balloons that destroy and burn crops and land.
“I am glad that broad national consideration and support for farmers and residents of the Gaza envelope has exceeded the narrow discretion of the Budget Division of the Ministry of Finance” MK Eytan Broshi said in response to the grant
In October, approximately six months after the plight of incendiary devices began, half of the forests near Gaza were burned
by balloons, kites, and Molotov cocktails, according to a Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael-Jewish National Fund (KKL-JNF) report.
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