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IDF said to fire at group launching incendiary devices from Gaza

No injuries in incident near Jabaliya refugee camp in north of coastal Strip, Palestinian reports say

Adam Rasgon is the Palestinian affairs reporter at The Times of Israel

Illustrative: Incendiary balloons are flown toward Israel during clashes between Palestinians and Israeli troops east of Gaza City, along the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel, on July 13, 2018. (AFP Photo/Mahmud Hams)
Illustrative: Incendiary balloons are flown toward Israel during clashes between Palestinians and Israeli troops east of Gaza City, along the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel, on July 13, 2018. (AFP Photo/Mahmud Hams)

An Israeli drone shot at a group of Palestinians in the northern Gaza Strip on Tuesday as they prepared to launch incendiary kites into southern Israel, Palestinian reports said.

An IDF spokeswoman said that the military does not confirm “foreign reports.”

The reports said that the group of Palestinians preparing to launch the incendiary kites was operating east of the Jabaliya refugee camp. They also said that there were no injuries.

Such kites, along with incendiary balloons, have wreaked havoc in the Israeli communities surrounding Gaza since the phenomenon began several months ago, sparking fires that have scorched thousands of acres of farmlands and countryside.

The reports of the Israeli strike on the kite launchers came as Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman announced the partial lifting of restrictions applied over the past two weeks on the movement of goods at the Kerem Shalom crossing between Israel and Gaza.

View from the burned down Beeri forest, southern Israel, near the border with Gaza, caused by airborne incendiaries launched by Palestinians in in the Gaza Strip, July 20, 2018. (Yaniv Nadav/FLASH90)

Liberman has suggested that the full lifting of the new restrictions requires that Palestinians involved in violence in the border region between Israel and Gaza halt their activities, including kite launches and throwing rocks or Molotov cocktails at soldiers.

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