Soldiers Shoot Gaza ‘Spy Kite’ From Border Area

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IDF soldiers seen by the Gaza border, near Kibbutz Nir-Am, on Jan. 13. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)
IDF soldiers seen by the Gaza border, near Kibbutz Nir-Am. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

IDF troops on Shabbos afternoon opened fire on what turned out to be a kite with a camera attached, as it crossed from Gaza into Israel near Sderot. The kite was drawn back by whomever was flying it after the shots were fired.

Israeli forces identified two vans in which armed men were riding about 250 meters from the border on the Gaza side. It is believed that they were in control of the kite, and that they were testing a new method of invading Israeli defenses, while taking photos of the area.

Also Shabbos, forces raided a shoe store in the Dahaishe refugee camp near Efrat and uncovered a weapons cache. The weapons were discovered after IDF troops examined the belongings of a suspicious Arab at a checkpoint recently. Examining his cell phone, the soldiers found an image of the weapons, which eventually led them to its location.

On Friday, IDF troops arrested a 16-year-old Arab terrorist who threw a firebomb at soldiers near Kever Rochel. No one was injured in the attack. The terrorist, a Beit Lechem resident, is being held for questioning.