Terror Balloons Seen Over Negev

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An Israeli soldier seen near balloons released by Palestinians from the Gaza Strip, last week. (Yossi Zamir/Flash90)

At least two terror balloon clusters were found in southern Israel Monday morning. Both were found in agricultural areas belonging to the Eshkol regional council. Bomb squad officers downed the balloon clusters and examined the attached devices. There were no injuries or damage reported.

Numerous terror balloon attacks were reported over the weekend. Witnesses said that dozens of balloon clusters were seen over the southern Negev over the weekend, with several exploding in the air. One terror balloon was found on Friday afternoon in a wooded area near the Gaza border fence had the explosive portion of an antitank missile attached to it.

The Shin Bet announced Monday that it had arrested an Arab terrorist who had entered the Gush Etzion town of Efrat in December 2016, intending to murder Jews. Ayman Mahmad Ali Fuagara, a 27-year-old resident of the Arab village of Jurat a-Sham’a, acquired a knife and set out to Efrat in order to murder Jews, the Shin Bet said. He managed to get into the town and attempted to stab a passerby, but was chased off by other Israelis in the area, managing only to lightly injure his victim. An indictment is being prepared against him, the agency said.

Overnight Sunday, security officials said they arrested 10 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.