Explosive balloons destroy vehicle, land in kindergarten

Israel’s citizens in the south again faced with Hamas’ airborne arson terrorism. 

By Jack Gold, World Israel News

Gaza-based terrorists continued their campaign of arson terrorism against the Jewish state and launched dozens of balloons laden with flammable materials and explosive charges toward Israel on Thursday, some of which landed in the midst of Israeli communities surrounding Gaza.

One explosive charge landed under a security vehicle in an Israeli community in the Shaar Hanegev region and exploded, setting the car on fire.

Balloon bomb in Kindergarten

Later in the day, an explosive device attached to a balloon landed near a kindergarten in the Eshkol region.

A police sapper who was alerted to the scene dismantled the charge. The explosive device did not detonate and no injuries were reported.

On Wednesday, the IDF spotted a terrorist launching arson balloons into Israel. In response, an IDF aircraft fired towards the terrorist.

Gadi Yarkoni, head of the Eshkol Regional Council, called on the government to act.

“I expect the Israeli government to carry out its responsibility towards its citizens and to put an end to the ongoing terrorism in order to ensure the security of the residents. The writing is on the wall. The responsibility is on you,” he stated.

For the past seven months, Israelis from the area surrounding the Gaza Strip have been subjected to a barrage of thousands of burning kites sent from Gaza with the aim of setting fire to their homes and fields.

Dozens of blazes have destroyed produce worth millions of shekels. Arson attacks have been a nearly daily occurrence since the start of Hamas’s “March of Return” campaign on March 30.