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'Fire Kite' Sparks Massive Blaze in Southern Israel

Recently, Stand for Israel told you about the latest in terror tactics from Gaza — fire kites. Now, The Times of Israel's Judah Ari Gross reports that a fiery kite has sparked a massive blaze in southern Israel fields:

Palestinians in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday flew a fire kite into Israel, starting a large blaze in fields in southern Israel that spread through dozens of acres of grasslands and agricultural fields, authorities said, the largest fire yet since the first use of these kites.

Ten teams of firefighters were called to the area, near Kibbutz Be’eri, and had gradually brought the fire under control as of Wednesday evening, according to a spokesperson for the fire service.

For the past several weeks, Gazans have been regularly flying kites to which they’ve attached containers of burning fuel into Israel; the tactic was introduced as part of the “March of Return” demonstrations, which began on March 30 and are due to continue through mid-May.

The mass protests are being encouraged by terror group Hamas, which rules Gaza, and whose leaders say their goal is the erase the border and liberate Palestine.

Wednesday’s fire near Be’eri, which spread across dozens of acres, was the largest blaze to date. This was likely due to the weather conditions — dry, windy and hot — that are ideal for fires to spread.

Israeli soldiers succeeded in preventing another fire on Wednesday, reaching a kite bearing a container of burning fuel from Gaza as it touched down inside Israel and putting it out with handheld fire extinguishers...

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