Palestinian National Authority

They're calling it the Kite War. How a simple plaything became a potent weapon in the Gaza Strip

They're calling it the Kite War. How a simple plaything became a potent weapon in the Gaza Strip

No one guessed that kites would be the weapon to flummox the mighty Israeli army.

Yet kites and balloons, those summery playthings, have confounded a military that has succeeded in securing its border from every other challenge it has faced in the clashes that have rippled across its border with the Gaza Strip since late March.

Kites trailing burning rags, and booby-trapped balloons carried aloft by winds heading inland from the Mediterranean, have caused the worst damage inside Israel since the wave of protests known as the Great Return March started.

At least 7,410 acres of farmland and national parkland have been incinerated by some 450 blazes sparked...

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