Israeli forces are gearing up for a large number of arson attempts over the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr. The IDF is reportedly looking into ways to legally define incendiary kites as a weapon and thus to allow soldiers to fire directly at the fliers.







Israeli soldiers guarding the Gaza border

Israeli soldiers guarding the Gaza border Photo credit: Abed Rahim Khatib, Flash 90

The IDF fired at Palestinians near the Gaza border fence who were flying incendiary kites into Israel’s territory on Friday. Israeli forces are gearing up for a large number of arson attempts over the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr.

About 2,000 Palestinians congregated near the Gaza border on Friday. According to Palestinian media, one person was detained by Israeli forces after trying to cross into Israel’s territory.

On Thursday, IDF soldiers fired warning shots at three different groups of Palestinians who were preparing to fly incendiary kites and balloons from Gaza. The IDF is reportedly looking into ways to legally define incendiary kites as a weapon and thus to allow soldiers to fire directly at the fliers.

About 25,000 acres of farmland have been burned over the past weeks as a result of the fires caused by incendiary kites and balloons. A large number of animals have died as well.

In an attempt to step up their protest, southern Israeli farmers will send a video of the massive damage to foreign embassies and UN institutions around the world.