Airborne Firebomb Launched From Gaza Found in Southern Israeli Town

Incident comes after Israel and Hamas have already reached understandings to quell tensions after the most recent and volatile flare-up

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The airborne firebomb found in Kiryat Gat, April 4, 2019.
The airborne firebomb found in Kiryat Gat, April 4, 2019.Credit: Police spokesperson's office
Almog Ben Zikri
Almog Ben Zikri

An airborne firebomb launched from the Gaza Strip was found Thursday in the southern Israeli city of Kiryat Gat. 

A passerby noticed the firebomb, attached to a blown-up condom that had been used like a balloon, in the town's cemetery. He then called the police, who arrived at the scene and defused the firbomb. 

On Saturday, Palestinians held mass protests on the Gaza border with Israel. The Palestinian health authorities say that during the protests, three 17-year-old Palestinian boys were shot to death and 316 other Palestinians were injured and taken to hospital. Ten were said to be in serious to critical condition.

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Israeli sources expressed satisfaction with the fact that Hamas kept control of the events, after which crossing points were reopened and the fishing zone expanded.

The following day, with the help of Egyptian mediation between Israel and the Hamas leadership in Gaza, Israel reopened the Erez and Kerem Shalom crossings to both merchandise and people and the fishing zone was expanded.

Husam Badran, a member of Hamas' political wing, said in an interview on Sunday that Hamas and other factions had reached understandings with Israel about a package deal concerning day-to-day life in the Strip. The understandings and undertakings involve not only Israel but the UN, Egypt and Qatar, Badran said, adding that Qatar would be playing a significant role in implementation.

Qatari money enables direct aid to almost every household in the Strip, he said.

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