'Attack' kites from Gaza confound Israelis

Palestinian protesters fly kites with Molotov cocktails attached towards Israeli side of the border, during a protest near the border between Israel and Gaza Strip, on May 9, 2018.
Palestinian protesters fly kites with Molotov cocktails attached towards Israeli side of the border, during a protest near the border between Israel and Gaza Strip, on May 9, 2018. PHOTO: EPA-EFE

About three weeks ago, Palestinian youths in Gaza made crude kites from plastic bags and wooden sticks. They attached hot coals to the kites, which they released so they would fly to - and land on - Israel's side of the border. The coals sparked a fire, which led to crops and fields going up in flames.

Since then, scores more of such kites and sometimes helium balloons have sailed across the border fence, causing millions of dollars in damage.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 15, 2018, with the headline ''Attack' kites from Gaza confound Israelis'. Print Edition | Subscribe