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Explosive balloon sparks fire in Negev area

May 15, 2019 3:21 P.M. (Updated: May 19, 2019 1:17 P.M.)
NEGEV (Ma'an) -- An explosive balloon landed in the Sdot Negev Regional Council area, one of the Israeli communities surrounding the besieged Gaza Strip, on Wednesday.

According to Hebrew-language news outlets, a fire erupted after an explosive balloon was launched by Palestinians from Gaza into southern Israel and landed in an open field in Sdot Negev.

Sources said that Israeli firefighting crews managed to control the flames and later extinguish them; the fires caused some material damage.

No injuries were reported.

Palestinians in Gaza view the incendiary kites as a form of protest against Israel's 12-year blockade of Gaza and for Palestinian refugees right of return to their homes and lands which are now known as Israel.

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