Photo Credit: IDF
Incendiary balloon that landed in southern Israel

A cluster of incendiary balloons attached to a firebomb (Molotov cocktail) and launched at Israel from Gaza flew all the way north to the western Negev town of Netivot on Wednesday night.


The cluster of balloons got caught on high power lines above the street over a Sonol gasoline station in the town.

Police sappers, firefighters and other first responders deployed to the scene, blocking off access to the street from civilians in the area.

When the balloons dropped to the ground the gasoline-filled firebomb exploded into flames. The blaze was quickly extinguished by firefighters who were prepared and waiting at the scene.

Earlier this week, a similar incendiary balloon reached as far as the central Negev city of Be’er Sheva.


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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, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.