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

An explosive balloon launched from Gaza Thursday evening detonated over one of the Jewish communities located near the southern Israeli border in the Eshkol Regional Council district, the 0404 military website reported.

Miraculously, there were no physical injuries, and no property damage was reported from the blast.


Since the morning hours, three fires were set in the area, all of them due to explosive balloons. Each of them was attached to a flaming Molotov cocktail or a similar form of improvised explosive device (IED) and launched by Hamas terrorists across the southern Israel-Gaza border.

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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.