Incendiary balloons land in Beersheba for first time

The sappers closed the street, told bystanders to move away from the area and neutralized the threat before reopening the street.

By
July 30, 2018 23:28
1 minute read.
Incendiary balloons land in Beersheba for first time

Balloons used by Palestinian terrorists now reach Beersheba . (photo credit: POLICE SPOKESPERSON'S UNIT)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later

A cluster of incendiary balloons landed in the city of Beersheba for the first time on Monday evening, after hundreds of balloons and kites of this kind have been launched from Gaza into Israeli communities located close to the border over the past few months causing fires that have wreaked havoc on the land.

Police sappers were called to Ringelblum Street over a report of suspicious balloons. The sappers closed the street, told bystanders to move away from the area and neutralized the threat before reopening the street.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


“These are balloons that have a suspicious item attached – in most cases an inflammatory item – and any such item should be treated as a suspicious object with a high level of risk,” the police spokesman said. “In such cases, it is necessary to report to the police station’s 100 call center and to move away from the scene until the operations of the police sappers have ended.”


“Israel Police is responsible for public safety and security,” the spokesman stressed.

Earlier this month, two balloons with flammable material attached were found in a the yard of a family home in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Gilo, marking the first time the phenomenon had reached the capital, though police suspected they had not been launched from Gaza.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

Poverty in Israel
December 13, 2018
NGO: Over one million Israeli children living in poverty

By EYTAN HALON