In the past few weeks, Israeli fields near the Gaza border have been destroyed by flaming kites that are sent into Israel by terrorists in the coastal enclave.
Fires in Israel. Wikimedia Commons
On Sunday afternoon, firebomb kites started two fires on the Israeli side of the Gaza border area. In light of the fires, a school in Kibbutz Sa’ad was evacuated. Firefighters are currently working to contain the blazes.
Meanwhile, Israeli farmers who own land near the border said that they plan to sue Hamas in the International Criminal Court. The farmers who are planning to file the lawsuit against several Hamas leaders are Ofer Liberman, Kibbutz Nir Am’s manager of agriculture, and Kibbutz Aluminum’s security chief.
Among the terrorists who will be mentioned in the suit are the group’s leader in Gaza, Yahya Sinwar, and Hamas Political Bureau Chairman Ismail Haniyeh. The Israeli farmers claim that the flaming kites that were recently flown into Israel by Gazan terrorists constitute clear violations of the International Criminal Court Statute.
In the past month, some 300 firebomb kites have been flown into Israel, resulting in about a hundred fires. It is estimated that the fires have caused property damage of tens of millions of shekels.
To tackle this new terror tactic, the IDF has developed drones with sharp knives capable of cutting a kite’s string before it lands in Israeli territory. Several kites have been downed so far using these drones.