Photo Credit: Eshkol Security Hotline
Fire erupts near Be'eri in southern Israel after incendiary terror balloon from Gaza lands nearby.

An Israeli shepherd in southern Israel was wounded late Sunday afternoon by a Molotov cocktail that landed in an open area outside a Jewish community in the Eshkol Regional Council district, near the Gaza border.

The firebomb appeared to have been carried into Israeli territory by a cluster of balloons launched by Gaza terrorists.

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The balloons were spotted while still in the air by a resident of Eshkol, in the area of Moshav Eshbol. It is believed the fire that erupted in the area was caused by the incendiary terror balloons.

The shepherd, a 42-year-old man from the Be’eri area, was taken to Soroka Medical Center in Be’er Sheva, where he was treated for a hand injury. Hospital spokesperson Sharon Edery said the victim was listed in good condition and released shortly after.

“We emphasize the security guidelines, that in any case of identifying a balloon or any other suspicious object, please keep your distance,” Eshkol Security said. “Don’t touch it and report it immediately to local security personnel or the Eshkol hotline at 08-996-6333.”

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