Incendiary Airborne Device from Gaza Sparks Fires in Southern Israel

February 20, 2019

by: Matan Tzuri

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Palestinians send an incendiary balloon over the Gaza border toward Israel. (Illustrative)

Wednesday, 20 February 2019 | Two fires broke out on Tuesday in the Kissufim forest in the Eshkol Regional Council, near the Israeli border with Gaza, due to an incendiary airborne device tied to a balloon launched from Gaza. This is the first fire in five months sparked by an incendiary balloon flown from Gaza.

Firefighting forces that were called to the scene gained control of the flames. In addition, a firecracker attached to a balloon landed in Sha’ar HaNegev Regional Council in the Gaza border communities and was neutralized by a police sapper.

In January, a cluster of balloons attached to an explosive device was located in the Gezer Field, near the Ramat Negev Regional Council. The police neutralized the device and no casualties were reported.

In December, a cluster of 10 balloons attached to a miniature explosive device landed near a kindergarten yard in moshav [collective settlement] Kfar Maimon in the Sdot Negev Regional Council and an additional incendiary balloon landed in the southern moshav of Zru’a. In both incidents there were no casualties reported.

Posted on February 20, 2019

Source: (Excerpt from an article published originally by Ynetnews on February 19, 2019. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our publication today. See original article at this link.)

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