Photo Credit: courtesy, head of security, Rosh Tzurim
Improvised explosive device (IED) attached to incendiary balloon landed in Rosh Tzurim in Gush Etzion on Jewish holiday of Sukkot, Sept. 27 2018

After a hiatus of several weeks, incendiary balloons launched by terrorists from Gaza are once again flying in the skies over southern Israel.

For the second time in less than a day, Israeli farmers along the Gaza border spotted an incendiary balloon flying through the air in the Eshkol Regional Council district, before seeing and hearing the device suddenly explode.

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Security personnel in the district searched the area and continued to monitor for aerial explosives headed their way from Gaza.

Read: JNF: More Than Half the Forests Burned Down in Western Negev by Terror Balloons

Earlier in the day, a similar suspected incendiary balloon was spotted by an alert security officer flying close to a kindergarten building at a moshav near the Gaza border.

The officer took no chances, and shot down the aerial object from the sky. Miraculously, no injuries were reported, and there was no property damage.

Later in the day, police were summoned to an incident in which terror balloons appeared to be attached to explosives and had landed in two open areas within the Eshkol Regional Council district.

Sappers from the Israel Police bomb squad arrived at the scene and removed any suspicion over whether the balloons were carrying explosive devices.

Israel Police issued a reminder to residents, warning, “Every time one discovers a suspicious object, it is necessary to report it to the police station of the Israel Police, and leave the disposition to police officers and bomb squad sappers of Israel Police.”

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.