At least two Gaza Arabs were killed and eight others injured – three of them seriously – as the result of an explosion in the Sajawiya neighborhood of Gaza City overnight, Channel 20 reported. The explosion caused major damage to a number of buildings. According to Gaza sources, the Arabs had been preparing “fireworks,” and the explosion was a “work accident.” Israeli sources said that the explosion was more likely due to something going wrong as terrorists prepared a bomb.
Meanwhile, Gaza Arab terrorists continued their campaign of sending terror balloons and kites at Israeli farms and forests. Firefighters over the weekend dealt with 24 fires started by balloons and kites equipped with flammable material sent to Israel. The fires were started in farms and forests along the Gaza border.
Police said they received a report of a booby-trapped balloon that was found in the area of Kfar Harif, about 35 kilometers from the Gaza border. Police bomb squad officers dismantled the balloon and its cargo. In addition, Gaza Arabs on Friday afternoon sent hundreds of non-booby trapped balloons over the border, with a message in Hebrew and Arabic, reading “if we are fated to suffer, we will not suffer alone.” Police issued a warning to all Israelis not to touch any balloons flown in from Gaza, but to alert them immediately.
Rioting also continued on Friday in the Gaza border area. Several thousand people rioted at a number of points along the fence. Two terrorists were killed, and an additional 415 were injured with various degrees of injuries. Over the past three months, IDF soldiers have eliminated 134 terrorists, while 15,200 have been injured.
Overnight Motzoei Shabbos, security officials said they arrested 6 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.