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Gaza's 'incendiary kites unit' to escalate fires until siege lifted

July 18, 2018 1:53 P.M. (Updated: July 19, 2018 1:06 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The "incendiary kites unit" of the Gaza Strip announced on Wednesday that the amount of incendiary kites and balloons targeting Israeli areas surrounding Gaza would increase as a response to the increased siege on the Gaza Strip.

The unit, calling themselves the "Sons of Zouari" in reference to Tunisian engineer assassinated by the Israeli Mossad, denied any reports published by Israeli Hebrew-language media, that the Hamas movement will stop the launch of more incendiary kites and explosive balloons or that the amount of launched kites would decrease within the next 72 hours.

The unit said in a statement that their peaceful resistance will continue until their demands are met and until the siege of the Gaza Strip is lifted.

The statement added that factions in the Gaza Strip would not stand between them and peaceful resistance.

The announcement came after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to impose severe economic sanctions by closing Gaza Strip's main commercial crossing, Kerem Shalom, and limiting the Palestinian coastal enclave's fishing zone in response to the protests in form of incendiary balloons across the borders.

About 6,000 dunams (1482.6 acres) of agricultural produce as well as thousands of dunams of open fields were burned due to about 678 fires caused by incendiary kites and balloons flown from inside the Gaza Strip into Israel.

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