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Israel Adapts New Rifle Sighting Technology to Intercept Gaza Kite Bombs

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Palestinian rioters in Gaza prepare to launch a kite bomb into Israel, May 11, 2018. Photo: Reuters / Ibraheem Abu Mustafa.

The Israeli defense industry has adapted a new rifle sighting system to intercept kite bombs and other flammable objects being flown across the border by Palestinian terrorists in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, the Hebrew news site Walla reported on Thursday.

The “Smart Shooter” system — which enables precise, single-shot firing of 5.56 millimeter-caliber bullets at airborne targets — was successfully used by two Israeli Border Police teams last Friday, according to the report.

Meanwhile, an IAF aircraft on Thursday fired a warning shot at a group of Palestinians who were preparing to launch an incendiary balloon from Gaza into Israel.

Later, an airstrike was conducted against an “infrastructure” target in the same area, the Israeli military said.

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The IDF said it viewed the threat posed by kite bombs and incendiary balloons “very seriously” and would “continued to act to prevent their use.”

Over the past two months, flammable items flown over the border by terrorists in Gaza have caused extensive damage to agricultural fields and forests in southern Israel.

Earlier this week, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Hamas has been seizing helium supplied by Israel to hospitals in Gaza and using it to inflate incendiary balloons.

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