IDF Hits Gaza ‘Terror Kite’ Launching Site

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A kite is set on fire by Palestinians, to be thrown at the Israeli side during clashes at the Gaza border last week. (Reuters/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa)

The IDF confirmed in a statement Sunday that its forces overnight destroyed Hamas positions that were used to launch “terror kites” at Israel, kites with flammable material and bombs that explode on the Israeli side of the Gaza border fence and set off fires in Israeli farms and forests. Dozens of such fires in recent weeks have been caused by these kite attacks, and residents have been demanding that the army put an end to them. This was the first time the army targeted positions specifically used to fly the kites.

IDF soldiers overnight Wednesday seized tens of thousands of shekels in terror funds from Arabs in the Palestinian Authority-controlled cities of Kalkilye and Chevron. The money was part of payments made by Hamas and the Palestinian Authority to the families of terrorists for committing terror acts against Israelis, officials said. Several arrests were made, as Arabs rioted when soldiers entered the city.

Overnight Motzoei Shabbos, security officials said they arrested five wanted security suspects in other areas in Yehudah and Shomron. The suspects were wanted for participating in rioting and throwing stones and firebombs that endangered Israeli civilians and IDF soldiers. Several of the suspects were also charged with belonging to Hamas. All were being questioned on their activities by security forces.