Baltimore firefighters extinguish fires in southern Israel caused by flammable balloons from Gaza

  • Source: WUSA-TV 9 DC
  • Published: 08/02/2018 12:00 AM

When the call comes, you answer it, even if it comes 6,000 miles away. In the last three months, 1,100 brush fires have hit Israel's southern communities, Yoram Levy, spokesperson for the Israel Fire and Rescue Services, said. The devastation hit home for two Baltimore firefighters, who flew to the Middle East to pitch in. “It just doesn't matter,” Jeff Ellenbogen a volunteer firefighter in Baltimore said. “Firefighters have just an ingrained desire to be helpful.” The fires were caused by explosive kites and balloons intentionally flown across the Gaza border into Israel, Levy explained. Palestinians say the fires are in protest of the Israeli Occupation and the right of return for refugees, according to Al Jazeera.


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