Hamas’ first incendiary balloons on Tuesday morning caused two large fires – one at Netiv Ha’asara. Defense minister Avigdor Lieberman visited IDF forces in the south to observe the drills and preparations they are conducting around the Gaza border. He said: The IDF stands ready for all contingencies and “will beat any enemy.”
There were altogether 20 blazes on Monday, featuring a new cruel innovation. A Hamas squad tethered an incendiary balloon to a hawk’s leg. The bird came down on a tree branch on the Israeli side and was found dying.