TEHRAN(Basirat): Palestinian protesters prepare kites at the Gaza fence , June 14, 2018. (Photo by AFP)
The Israeli military says its aircraft on Sunday targeted a leading figure
behind the launching of balloons and kites into Israel from the besieged Gaza
The Times of Israel daily said the strike was an attempt to warn off Gazans
launching balloons and kites into Israel, which has raised fears of attacks by
balloon-borne explosives in the occupied territories.
In a statement, the Israeli military said the airstrike targeted the vehicle of
the leader of a cell making explosive kites and balloons. It did not name the
person targeted or say if anyone had been hit in the airstrike.
The Palestinian Shehab news agency, however, reported that the airstrike had hit
an empty vehicle outside a mosque in the Gaza suburb of Shujai'yya early Sunday
The Israeli daily said the strike was likely meant as a warning that Tel Aviv
may begin carrying out assassinations from the air, including against figures
not actively preparing balloons or kites for launching.
Snipers should shoot and kill the Palestinian protesters who fly burning kites
into the occupied territories, an Israeli minister says.
In recent days, Israeli aircraft have fired at protesters near a fence
separating the besieged Gaza from the occupied territories in an apparent change
So far, Israeli snipers and special troops have shot down nearly 130 peaceful
Palestinian protesters, sparking international outcry over the disproportionate
use of force.
Israeli officials have tried to put a criminal spin on the protests, claiming
that kites and balloons launched by Palestinians had burned thousands of acres
of farmland, forests and nature reserves in the regions around the Gaza Strip.
On Saturday, the Israeli military carried out a drone strike near residents of
the Gaza Strip who were allegedly launching incendiary balloons into Israel. Two
people were wounded in the strike, according to the Health Ministry in Gaza.
Palestinian relatives mourn over the death of 29-years-old Yussef al-Fassih
during his funeral after he was shot dead by Israeli forces the day before, in
the city of Khan Yunis in southern Gaza Strip, June 9, 2018. (Photo by AFP)
Hundreds of Palestinian demonstrators congregated at the fence on Friday in what
has become a weekly event since the start of the protests on March 30.
A day earlier, the Gaza Health Ministry said a 21-year-old Palestinian who had
been shot by Israeli troops near the Gaza fence the week before had
died, bringing to 128 the number of those killed in the protests.
Source: Press TV