Large fire in southern Israel caused by flaming kite from Gaza

Firefighters are still working to get the blaze under control as high winds are making their job harder.

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A flaming kite flown from the Gaza Strip on Friday caused a large fire near a southern-Israeli Kibbutz. Firefighters are still on the scene trying to get the flames under control.

The flying of kites loaded with flammable material has become a popular cheap form of terrorism over the past months. Its main victims are farmers living in southern Israel, whose crops are often severely damaged by the fires.

In order to tackle this new phenomenon, the IDF has developed drones with sharp knives capable of cutting a kite's string before it lands in Israeli territory. At least seven kites have been downed so far using these drones.



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