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Massive Fire After Kite With Molotov Cocktail Attached Sent From Gaza Explodes

Local councils say that the fire caused 175,000 shekels of damage an destroyed 350 dunams of land near Kibbutz Be'eri near the Gaza border

Almog Ben Zikri
Almog Ben Zikri
The fire that destroyed 350 dunams of land near Kibbutz Be'eri, caused by a Molotov cocktail attached to a kite flown from Gaza on May 2, 2018.
The fire that destroyed 350 dunams of land near Kibbutz Be'eri, caused by a Molotov cocktail attached to a kite flown from Gaza on May 2, 2018.Credit: אליהו הרשקוביץ
Almog Ben Zikri
Almog Ben Zikri

Ten firefighters gained control of a fire Wednesday afternoon that destroyed 350 dunams of land near Kibbutz Be'eri near the Gaza border. According to the local regional councils, a kite connected to a Molotov cocktail that was sent from the Gaza sparked the blaze.

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Multiple firefighting teams were dispatched to the area, and local councils say that the fire caused 175,000 shekels of damage. IDF commander of the western Negev region, Lieutenant Colonel Yaakov Gabbay, told Haaretz that "a huge expanse, hundreds of dunams if not thousands," were burned.

Parts of a kite that was flown from Gaza into Israel, sparking a fire that burned hundreds of dunams on May 2, 2018.Credit: Rahmim Halili

In recent weeks, Palestinians have flown kites as part of demonstrations at the Gaza-Israel border.

"We demand the IDF put an end to this violence that already caused and continues to cause severe economic damage, but also threatens human life. It is not superfluous to remind Palestinian rights organizations that stone throwing and burning fields is also violence," a spokesman from the Negev regional council said.

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