Battling Incediary Kite Fires on the Gaza Border

Incendiary kites and balloons launched from Gaza have burned some 2,600 acres of KKL-JNF forests in the Western Negev. KKL-JNF firefighters continue to battle the flames.

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News from KKL-JNF


Thursday, June 27, 2019 2:04 PM

Thanks to the fire prevention measures set in motion last year, the fires are causing less destruction this time around.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

“Our master plan is to boost communities in the periphery of the country. We want to help the state settle one million people in the Negev.”

Tuesday, August 07, 2018 4:18 PM

A day in the Gaza border region: fighting fires and sustaining life in the face of hardship.

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Together, they all enjoyed the activities in the forest and got to know each other.

Sunday, August 12, 2018 3:12 PM

Over 100 hundred KKL France supporters embark on a solidarity tour to the Gaza border under the shadow of the ongoing incendiary balloon and kite terror.

Sunday, August 19, 2018 10:07 AM

Extensive damage has been inflicted upon protective thickets of trees planted around eleven communities in the Western Negev.

Monday, August 20, 2018 9:49 AM

Over the last 4 months, KKL-JNF firefighters have had to deal with 1160 forest and brush fires on the Gaza border.

Thursday, July 19, 2018 3:43 PM

Help prevent kite terror fires from spreading

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 1:01 PM

In the shadow of fires caused by 'kite terror' from Gaza, Gaza border residents are planting more trees, as a symbol of life and hope.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

We can only hope that the kites cease to be weapons and return to their former status as children’s playthings

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In the Media


Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Balloon and kite terror has become a daily reality for the people living near the Gaza Strip border, destroying forests, agricultural fields and nature reserves. KKL-JNF foresters who usually care for forests have become firefighters out of necessity. The following is a description of what daily life has become for both local residents and also for KKL-JNF staff.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Terror kites launched from the Gaza Strip have burnt down hundreds of acres of planted forests in the Western Negev, forcing KKL-JNF foresters to work as firefighters rather than caring for the forests they have nurtured so lovingly.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Since the 1950s, KKL-JNF has planted over 35,000 acres of forests in the Western Negev. As of two months ago, the forests are going up in flames due to terror kites launched from the Gaza Strip. KKL-JNF Western Negev Regional Director Danny Ben-David describes the harrowing daily experience.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

KKL-JNF has joined a Gaza periphery residents’ initiative entitled ‘they burn, we plant’.

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Over 2,100 dunam (approx 525 acres) of woodland have gone up in smoke, and slow-moving creatures cannot escape the fires caused by the incendiary kites that drift over from the Gaza Strip. Danny Ben David, Director of KKL-JNF’s Western Negev region, can see no end to the situation: “Fire is death to woodland. Apart from the immediate financial damage, harm is being done all the way down the line for many, many years ahead.”