Palestinian flag balloon lands in northern Israeli yard

The police are currently investigating the incident.

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November 20, 2018 11:26
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Police investigate balloon with Palestinian flag attached.

Police investigate balloon with Palestinian flag attached.. (photo credit: POLICE SPOKESPERSON'S UNIT)

The Police were notified of a balloon with a Palestinian flag attached to it that had landed in Moshav Mle'a in the North's Ta'anach region, the Police Spokesperson's Unit said on Tuesday.

While police are currently investigating the situation, it is likely that no explosive device was found. However, ostensibly, the balloon appears similar to ones that have carried incendiary devices.

"In every event where a suspicious item is located, please report to the police," the Police Spokesperson's Unit announced. "Move away from the area and leave the suspicious item for the police."

A week before, Security guards at the Kerem Shalom crossing found thousands of balloons going into the Gaza Strip.

The Defense Ministry believed these balloons would likely have been used to launch incendiary devices into Israel. 

Half of forested land near the Gaza border has burned as a result of Palestinian-launched incendiary devices, according to a study published in October.

In mid-November, more than 460 rockets were fired into Israel from Gaza, the heaviest two-day barrage of rockets Israel has ever experienced. After the two days of violence, a ceasefire was called.

Clashes have been ongoing by the Gaza border, especially since the beginning of the "Great March of Return," which started on March 30. 

Some 171 Palestinians and one Israeli have been killed between March and October in relation to the march, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Avraham Gold and Tovah Lazaroff contributed to this report.


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