Gazans Fly Firebombs Tied to Kites Into Israel, Sparking Several Blazes

Four such kites have been found recently in the vicinity of fires near the border fence, but none have caused injuries

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A kite with a molotov cocktail attached to it is released near the border with Gaza.
A kite with a molotov cocktail attached to it is released near the border with Gaza. Credit: IDF Spokesman's Unit

Gaza Palestinians have begun flying kites with firebombs attached to them over the border fence into Israeli territory. Officials from the Eshkol region adjacent to the border informed residents on Sunday that the firebombs had caused several fires but had not caused injuries.

In the first incident last Wednesday, a blaze was put out in the vicinity of Kibbutz Be’eri, where fire investigators found a burnt kite.

Two days later, on Friday, the Israeli army reported that demonstrators on the Gazan side of the border fence had attempted to fly a kite with a Molotov cocktail attached to it into Israeli territory. The kite fell to the ground in the Gaza Strip and caused no injuries.

On Saturday, a kite string was found in the vicinity of another fire near Kibbutz Be’eri. That was followed on Sunday by a kite in the colors of the Palestinian flag that fire investigators found at a blaze near Kibbutz Kissufim.

The Eshkol Regional Council’s statement said the army, with the support of firefighters, is on heightened alert along the border and is prepared to deal with any future incidents. “The public is asked to be alert and to report any unusual fire incident,” the council said.

A fire caused by a kite that had a firebomb attached to it in Kissufim.Credit: Negev Fire and Rescue Services

The Israeli army spokesman’s office said on Sunday that three kites with Molotov cocktails attached to them have been located, and that two of them started fires near the border fence.

In recent weeks, tens of thousands of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have participated in demonstrations at several locations along the Israeli border fence.

Thirty-four Palestinians have been killed by Israeli army weapons fired near the border fence and more than 1,000 have been wounded by live weapons fire.

In last Friday’s protests, one Palestinian was killed and more than 230 wounded.