Fighting kite terror

The IDF deploys new technology to put an end to the launching of incendiary objects from Gaza

By MARK WEISS
June 27, 2018 20:02
Palestinians in central Gaza fly a kite loaded with flammable material to be thrown at Israel

Palestinians in central Gaza fly a kite loaded with flammable material to be thrown at Israel. (photo credit: IBRAHEEM ABU MUSTAFA/REUTERS)

 
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IN LATE June, the Israeli army began using lasers and sensors to combat the kite terrorism that has wrought havoc on Gaza-vicinity communities in southern Israel, and brought Israel and Hamas perilously close to another major conflagration.

The new sensors are designed to detect incendiary kites and balloons, which usually evade the radar systems deployed in the area. Once a sensor identifies a flaming object, military drones will be launched to intercept it.

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