Gaza Kites Carrying Blazes Set Israeli Wheat Fields on Fire

Smoke and flames rise from fields near the Kibbutz Beeri on the Israeli side of the border with the Gaza Strip east of Gaza City, after Palestinians flew a kite laden with a molotov cocktail over the border before cutting the string leaving the burning material to fall in Israeli …
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The Times of Israel reports: Gazans sent four kites affixed with flaming materials over the border on Monday, setting fire to wide swathes of a wheat field in southern Israel as Palestinians vowed to use the new tactic to try and cause “panic and attrition among the enemy.”

Local farmers in the Shaar Hanegev region called the fire brigade to extinguish the blaze on the Gaza border, which caused no injuries, but did extensive damage. Reports said that up to 100 dunams (25 acres) of wheat was destroyed.

A farmer who lives near the border told Ynet news site that, “We are dealing with a new, destructive and dangerous phenomenon that it gaining momentum. Almost every day, we see the kites flying towards us.”

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