Terrorists have found multiple ways to attack Israel - with rockets, through tunnels, even by sea. But now, The Times of Israel reports on a devious new terrorist trick - sending flaming kites from Gaza into southern Israel to destroy Israeli farmers' wheat fields:
Local farmers in the Shaar Hanegev region called the fire brigade to extinguish the blaze on the Gaza border, which caused no injuries, but did extensive damage. Reports said that up to 100 dunams (25 acres) of wheat was destroyed.
A farmer who lives near the border told Ynet news site that, “We are dealing with a new, destructive and dangerous phenomenon that it gaining momentum. Almost every day, we see the kites flying towards us.”
The burning kites are part of a new tactic utilized by Gaza protesters against Israel, and are connected to the ongoing weekly “March of Return” demonstrations on the border encouraged by the Gaza strip’s rulers, Hamas. Islamist terror group Hamas seeks to destroy Israel, and its leaders say the ultimate goal of the protests is to erase the border and liberate Palestine...
In an interview, one of several masked men from the Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza told the TV station, “These are our lands, and we have the right to return to them. We say to them, we will not let them sow our lands and enjoy them.
“We will burn your fields, which you harvest to pay for the bullets that you use to shoot children and peaceful unarmed demonstrators...”
...a different masked youth boasted that “we’ve developed something that everybody is talking about.” He then explained how the Molotov cocktails were made, attached to kites, and released.
“Allah willing, it will light up and burn fields and houses,” he said. “It will get to a place where it will burn a large area...”