Photo Credit: Eshkol Security Hotline
Fire erupts near Be'eri in southern Israel after an 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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