Another attempt at eco-terrorism
Monday, COGAT Israel, the body responsible for the Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories posted pictures of a falcon saddled with flammable material found near the Gaza strip.
A falcon attached to a rope with flammable material was found today near the Gaza Strip. Arson fires have been caused by incendiary materials flown from Gaza into Israel. Apparently it’s not enough to destroy nature with kites, now falcons are being used for terror as well. pic.twitter.com/j6noxwCwqS
— COGAT (@cogat_israel) July 16, 2018
Recently, Israel has experienced an uptick in ecoterrorism. Gazans have used fire kites and fire balloons to decimate portions of Israel, including the country’s nature reserves.
I blogged in June:
During Gaza’s ‘March of Return‘, fire kites were used to start fires in Israeli fields, but as the Times of Israel reports, “a new arson tactic has been gaining popularity along the Gaza border. Instead of kites, a different children’s toy is being flown into Israel: helium balloons.”
Just this weekend, Gazans vowed to step up fire kite attacks. From the Times of Israel:
A group of young Palestinians who have been launching incendiary kites and balloons into southern Israel threatened to step up their activities on Sunday, after several of their number were injured in Israeli airstrikes earlier in the day.
The self-styled “Sons of Zouari” said they would conduct a “high-quality response” against Israel in light of the military’s increasingly forceful retaliations for the Palestinian group’s airborne arson attacks, according to information shared on Palestinian social media and a source, who asked to remain anonymous.
The first of those strikes occurred around noon, east of the Palestinian town of Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip. According to Palestinian media, one person was injured in the airstrike.
The Israeli military confirmed it conducted a strike, saying the Palestinians who were targeted were members of the Hamas terrorist organization, which rules the Strip.
The second came just over an hour later, in the southern Gaza Strip. No injuries were reported.
The third occurred shortly after 5 p.m., again east of Beit Hanoun. The spokesman for the Hamas-run Gaza health ministry, Ashraf al-Qidra, said two were wounded in that airstrike.
Such airborne arson attacks have sparked numerous fires throughout southern Israel since April. According to Israeli officials, the practice began on a small-scale basis and was then quickly adopted and encouraged by Hamas.
Prime Minister Netanyahu is out of grace for the airborne arson attacks. Times of Israel ctd:
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday reiterated that Israel would not tolerate the continued kite and balloon arson attacks that have burned tens of thousands of dunams of forests and agricultural land, including at least six fresh fires started on Sunday.
…“It’s important to emphasize that we have no intention of tolerating this — not rockets, not kites, not drones — nothing,” he said at the start of Sunday’s cabinet meeting. “I hope that Hamas has drawn conclusions, and if they haven’t, they will need to pay a heavy price.”
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