Flaming kite from Gaza said to spark brush fire in south
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Flaming kite from Gaza said to spark brush fire in south

Firefighters battle blaze between Kissufim and Ein Hashlosha kibbutzim

A fire caused by incendiary kites from Gaza burns near Kibbutz Kissufim on May 25, 2018. (Screen capture: Twitter)
A fire caused by incendiary kites from Gaza burns near Kibbutz Kissufim on May 25, 2018. (Screen capture: Twitter)

Firefighters on Thursday battled a brush fire on the Israeli side of the border with the Gaza strip that authorities suspect was caused by firebomb-laden kites flown across the security fence by Palestinians.

The fire broke out between two kibbutzim, Kissufim and Ein Hashlosha.

In recent weeks, Gazans have been flying kites into Israel outfitted with Molotov cocktails and containers of burning fuel, setting fire to large swaths of land, including around Kissufim, as drone footage shows.

It has become a widely adopted tactic during the weekly “March of Return” clashes on the Gaza border, which Israel accuses the Hamas terror group of orchestrating as a cover for attacks and attempts to breach the border fence.

The violent demonstrations were meant to end on May 15, but Hamas leaders have said they want them to continue.

In the past month, at least 300 attack kites have been flown across the border, starting hundreds of fires and causing an estimated tens of millions of shekels’ worth of damages.

Military planners have begun implementing new measures to combat the assaults, including options drawn from the IDF’s responses to rocket launches and other terror attacks.

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