On Wednesday, a balloon attached to a piece of cloth apparently meant for arson was lactated in Jerusalem.
In July, a flammable balloon that was flown from Gaza landed in Be'er Sheva, raising fears that terrorists are increasing the range of the devices that have caused numerous fires in Israeli border communities.
Police sappers were called to the Ringelblum Street in the Negev desert’s largest city to remove the balloon.
“It was a balloon that had a suspicious object attached to it. In the majority of cases it relates to an incendiary device, and every object like this must be treated as suspicious with a high-risk capacity,” a police statement said.
Local authorities in Gaza border communities have issued new and updated safety guidelines in recent days, in light of an increase in terrorist attacks involving balloons attached to explosives being launched from the strip. Recently, an average of 12 fires a day were caused by incendiary balloons, most of them in the Be'eri and Kissufim forests or in open fields in the Eshkol and Sha'ar HaNegev Regional Councils.
Gaza region residents have been informed that police and IDF officials are concerned with the recent escalation in incendiary balloon terrorism, fearing it can lead to casualties since now terrorists are launching balloons attached to improvised explosive devices.