According to a statement from the Palestinian civil affairs division of the Israeli Ministry of Defense, "the release of arson balloons from the Gaza Strip toward the State of Israel" caused many fires along the border with the Gaza Strip.
The Israeli Ministry of Defense said all fuel transfers were halted at the Karem Shalom Crossing and would remain so “until further notice”.
Fuel deliveries were agreed in late 2018 as part of a truce agreement between Israel and the impoverished enclave’s Hamas rulers.
They have improved electricity supply in the territory, where residents currently receive around 12 hours of power a day, according to the UN.
Before the deal, the daily power supply was regularly as low as six hours.
Prior to the halting of fuel shipments, the Israeli Armed Forces imposed a naval blockade along the Gaza coast for one week.
During regular demonstrations last year, the balloons started hundreds of fires, though they have been curbed in recent months.