Firebomb balloon from Gaza reaches Be’ersheva
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Firebomb balloon from Gaza reaches Be’ersheva

Device flown over the border to cause arson attacks lands in Israel's major southern city

Palestinians try to use a kite to fly a Molotov Cocktail toward IDF troops along the Gaza fence on April 13 2018. (Israel Defense Forces)
Palestinians try to use a kite to fly a Molotov Cocktail toward IDF troops along the Gaza fence on April 13 2018. (Israel Defense Forces)

 An arson balloon believed to have been launched from Gaza landed in the major southern Israeli city of Be’ersheva.

It would be the farthest distance that an arson balloon has travelled since they came into regular use by Palestinians in Gaza in recent months.

The cluster of balloons, carrying an incendiary device, landed on a street in the city’s east on Monday. The road was closed to cars and pedestrians as police sappers arrived to defuse the device.

Be’ersheva is located in the Negev Desert about 25 miles from the Gaza border.

At least six fires caused by arson balloons erupted in Israeli communities bordering Gaza on Monday. Thousands of acres of woodlands and agricultural fields have been destroyed by incendiary material flown over the border from Gaza.

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