According to Israel, the Gazan practice of “agriculture terrorism,” using kites with burning objects attached to them in order to set Israeli fields and property on fire, has caused considerable damage to farmers.
Sputnik News Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Monday that the country would “retaliate” for kite attacks from the Gaza Strip. The minister reported that there had been 600 kite attacks, which caused 198 fires, burning up to 2,500 acres of farmland.
Lieberman said,”It must be clear, we are unwilling to accept kite attacks, riots on the fence, or attempts to rush the fence and harm land that is under Israeli sovereignty,” Lieberman stated.
“We will act according to Israel’s interests at a timing that is comfortable for us. We will not leave accounts open. We will settle accounts with Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and the rest of the terrorists operating against us from the Gaza Strip.”
Later the Israeli Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon announced, that the damage from the attacks was estimated at NIS 5 million (over USD 1.4 million), adding that the farmers would be compensated for half of their losses.
Burning kites spark massive blaze in Israeli fields along Gaza border Largest blaze since Gazans started new arson tactic burns for six hours; 10 firefighting crews working since early afternoon to bring flames under control.
Times of Israel Arab Muslims in the Gaza Strip flew a fire kite into Israel, starting a large blaze in fields in southern Israel that spread through dozens of acres of grasslands and agricultural fields, authorities said, the largest fire yet since the first use of these kites.
The mass protests are being encouraged by terror group Hamas, which rules Gaza, and whose leaders say their goal is the erase the border and liberate Palestine.
The Israel Defense Forces has yet to develop a way to prevent these arson-by-kite attacks. At best, soldiers monitoring the border from closed circuit cameras can spot a kite as it is launched from Gaza and call firefighting personnel to the area where it’s headed in order to put out the fire before it gets out of control.