Hamas is planning to launch drones rigged with explosives deeper into Israeli territory, Israeli defense officials warned, Yisroel Hayom reports.
So far, kites and balloons have been fitted with fireworks, burning coals, and firebombs that spark fires as they crash on the Israeli side of the border.
According to Israeli intelligence, Hamas has recently begun adding timers to delay combustion as the kites and balloons remain airborne for longer. A kite with a timer landed last week in a moshav 35 km. (22 miles) from Gaza.
Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan said Thursday, “The number of fires is increasing and more and more incendiary kites and balloons are being launched from Gaza.”
“Our firefighters are doing an incredible job in getting these fires under control quickly, but arson terrorism will not stop unless we deter those launching kites and balloons over the border, and we may also find ourselves dealing with fires in communities much farther from Gaza.”