Kites and balloons with incendiary devices causing destruction of several thousand acres of nature reserves, vineyards and farms vs. “peace” balloons carrying candy.
As the Hamas terror group threatened to launch 5,000 flaming kites and balloons at Israel on Friday, Israeli children at the Gaza border countered with an airborne message of peace.
At Kibbutz Nir Am, which has suffered a number of fires sparked by burning kites flown from Gaza, children and residents launched balloons carrying candy towards the Palestinian enclave, Hadashot TV news reported….
Hamas threats to send 5,000 flaming kites and balloons into Israel on Friday largely failed to materialize, with many Palestinians busy with the three-day Eid al-Fitr holiday that caps the fasting month of Ramadan. Eid is traditionally a time of family visits and festive meals, with children getting new clothes, haircuts and gifts.
Attention may also have focused on the World Cup in Russia, with two matches featuring Arab teams taking place Friday afternoon as Egypt, without the iconic Mohammad Salah, took on Uruguay and Iran played Morocco.
Nevertheless, incendiary balloons and kites set 11 fires inside Israel, which were extinguished by the fire services and local volunteers….
Since March 30, Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have launched hundreds of kites and helium balloons bearing flammable materials, and occasionally explosives, into Israeli territory, sparking near-daily fires….