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Smoke rises from Israeli agricultural fields near the Gaza Strip border, after being set on fire by a Molotov cocktail kite, May 14, 2018.

The Kite terror from Gaza continued on Friday as a huge fire erupted in three different locations in the Kissufim area. Firefighting teams, JNF and rescue teams have yet to gain complete control as of noon time, and the strong winds that are blowing in the area make it difficult to conduct firefighting operations.

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The IDF has been dealing for several weeks with the Hamas’ new weapons – the fire kites that land in Israel and cause fires and severe damage to the farmers in the area. In response, the IDF began to use the new means of countering the threat – airplane models armed with knives on their wings. This response is seen as relatively effective after the remote-control pilots from the Logistics Division have managed to drop at least 7 kites that threatened to land in Israel.

Fire still raging in Kissufim orchards, May 25, 2018. / Photo credit: Danny Ben David, JNF Forester

The United States denounced the kites through President Trump’s special envoy to the Middle East, Jason Greenblatt, who tweeted his firm stance against the burning of fields in the Gaza vicinity by means of Molotov cocktails attached to kites. Greenblatt wrote: “Kites with bombs and Molotov cocktails are not a ‘peaceful demonstration’ – it’s terrorism, plain and simple.”

Greenblatt pointed an accusing finger at Hamas, saying that “Hamas is responsible and is making things worse for the Palestinians in Gaza.”

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