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Kite Carrying Incendiary Device From Gaza Sets Off Major Fire in Israel’s South

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A fire in Israel. Photo: Twitter.

A major fire was set off in southern Israel on Wednesday, caused by an incendiary device attached to a kite flown across the border from the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.

This is the latest of several such attacks. They are part of the ongoing “March of Return,” a series of violent riots orchestrated by Hamas on the Israel-Gaza border.

There have been over a dozen previous attempts at using kites to deliver incendiary devices, causing millions of shekels worth of damage, but no major fires. On Wednesday, however, three such kites caused a serious blaze in the Beeri Forest in southern Israel.

According to Israel’s Channel Two, a large number of firefighters arrived at the scene to battle the blaze. No injuries were reported.

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Two heads of local councils, Shai Hagig and Tamir Eidan, reacted to the fire with outrage over the continuing violence on the border.

They issued a statement denouncing “violence that has already caused and continues to cause serious economic damage, but also threatens human lives. The burning of fields by means of incendiary kites by violent Palestinians is no longer confined to the ‘March of Return’ demonstrations on Fridays, but has become a daily occurrence. We demand that the IDF put an end to this violence.”

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