Hamas' terror balloons have devastating effect on nature

Israeli firefighters trying to extinguish a fire in a forest near the city of Sderot, along the border with the Gaza Strip, on July 31. The fire was caused by inflammable material attached to a balloon that was launched by Palestinian protesters from
Israeli firefighters trying to extinguish a fire in a forest near the city of Sderot, along the border with the Gaza Strip, on July 31. The fire was caused by inflammable material attached to a balloon that was launched by Palestinian protesters from across the border.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu threatens war if militant group does not stop sending them

The small village of Ein Karem near Jerusalem is a well-known spot among Christian pilgrims and Israeli romantics.

The green cypresses reach for the sky between churches perched on rolling hills in the village, which Christians believe is the birthplace of John the Baptist.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on October 21, 2018, with the headline 'Hamas' terror balloons have devastating effect on nature'. Print Edition | Subscribe