Israel Strikes Launchers of Burning Kites from Gaza Strip – CBN News Steve Warren

'Terror Kites' Causing Massive Fires in Southern Israel, Photo, Screen Capture, JNF
‘Terror Kites’ Causing Massive Fires in Southern Israel, Photo, Screen Capture, JNF
Israel Strikes Launchers of Burning Kites from Gaza Strip

06-17-2018
CBN News Steve Warren

Israeli military jets fired on a vehicle early Sunday belonging to someone who sent burning kites 

flying into Israel from Gaza.

The Israeli military said no one was injured in the strike.

The incident is an escalation in Israel’s response to the phenomenon that has wreaked havoc on 

agriculture in southern Israel in recent weeks. Burning kites set fields ablaze in more than a 
dozen locations Saturday.

Gazans began flying kites with burning rags attached to them during the mass protests against 

the Israeli and Egyptian blockade of the territory.

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Israeli troops have fired on the protesters in self-defense since the weekly demonstrations began 

in March. The Israeli military says militants have used the protests as cover to carry out attacks 
and to try to breach the border fence.

The protests have been led by the Islamic militant group Hamas, which rules Gaza. Israel says it 

holds Hamas responsible for the fires.

While Israel has been mostly successful in thwarting militant attempts to breach the border and 

defend against rocket fire, it has struggled to stop the airborne kites drifting into its territory.

A parliamentary committee last week said the fires have destroyed more than 6,000 acres of land 

in recent weeks, causing some $2 million in damages. Israel says it plans to deduct from tax funds 
it collects for the Palestinians to compensate farmers.

The military says its drones have been able to shoot down more than 90 percent of the kites and 

flaming balloons, and it will continue to target them.

Cabinet Minister Naftali Bennett compared the kites to rockets and said the response should be 

the same.

“We should not wait until Israeli citizens are hurt and only then wake up,” he said.

In the West Bank, meanwhile, Israeli police evicted Jewish settlers from 10 homes they had built 

in violation of Israeli law.

Israel captured the West Bank along with east Jerusalem in the 1967 war and today about 600,000 

settlers live in those areas.

Israel’s Supreme Court often has ruled that structures built illegally have to be evacuated and 

demolished. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said 11 officers were wounded in scuffles and 
that police arrested six protesters for violence.

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