Flaming kite from Gaza sets Israeli warehouse ablaze
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Flaming kite from Gaza sets Israeli warehouse ablaze

No injuries reported in incident, which is part of new tactic by Palestinian protesters aimed at setting fields across border on fire

Illustrative: Palestinian protesters fly a kite with a burning rag dangling from its tail, during a protest at the Gaza Strip's border with Israel, April 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
Illustrative: Palestinian protesters fly a kite with a burning rag dangling from its tail, during a protest at the Gaza Strip's border with Israel, April 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

A warehouse in Israel’s south was set aflame Saturday after a kite equipped with a flaming rag that had been intentionally released by Palestinians in the Gaza Strip landed there.

Firefighters managed to put out the fire, according to Ynet.

No casualties were reported, but heavy damage was caused to the warehouse.

Some 3,000 Palestinians protested along the Gaza border with Israel on Friday, burning tires and flying flaming kites across the frontier to set Israeli fields ablaze, witnesses and the army said. Soldiers responded with tear gas and live fire, killing four Palestinians, including a 15-year-old, according to the Hamas run-health ministry.

Israel’s army said it was looking into the incidents.

The kites are part of a new tactic aimed at setting fields on the Israeli side on fire. Most kites were stitched together in the colors of the Palestinian flag. One white kite bore the swastika.

In all the Gaza ministry said that some 445 people were injured, including 96 from live fire.

These brought to 39 the number of fatalities from the border demonstrations and clashes dubbed the March of Return, which took place for the fourth time Friday, according to the health ministry figures. The numbers could not be verified by Israel.

Hamas has acknowledged that several of those killed in recent weeks were its members, and Israel has identified other fatalities as members of terrorist groups.

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