Rogue Israeli balloon stirs fears of spies in Turkey

According to Turkey's Hurriyet daily news, the balloon initially triggered rumors of airborne extraterrestrials.

August 8, 2015 20:00
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Israel and Turkey flags. (photo credit: Courtesy)


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Fears over what locals suspected to be an Israeli spy-craft gripped locals in the Turkish province of Malatya Thursday after a balloon bearing the Israeli flag and the words "Welcome to Israel" made landfall.

According to Turkey's Hurriyet daily news, the balloon, initially triggered rumors of airborne extraterrestrials.

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However, after falling into the garden of a private home in the province's Hekimhan district, the foreign object was determined not to be from outer-space. Authorities were then dispatched to investigate the incident and seized the balloon which locals feared may be used to spy on them.

The Turkish government has not yet issued a statement regarding the incident. 

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