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Incendiary Balloons from Terror-Statelet Gaza Spark Fires Ahead of Jerusalem Flag March

Palestinian terrorists are launching incendiary balloons in Southern Israel to protest the scheduled Jerusalem Flag March. When Israel defends itself against this savagery, the mainstream media will condemn, vilify, and smear Israel. Thereby encouraging more Islamic terror attacks against Israel. Horrible.

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Incendiary balloons from Gaza spark fires in south ahead of Jerusalem flag march

Protesters clash with IDF troops on Gaza border, with Palestinian reportedly shot in leg; contentious parade set to go ahead despite warnings it could reignite conflict with Hamas

Numerous fires blazed in southern Israel near Gaza on Tuesday, with fire services saying at least 10 were sparked by arson balloons launched by terrorists in the Strip.

Meanwhile, clashes broke out between dozens of Palestinian protesters and IDF troops on the Gaza border amid tensions over a controversial flag march planned for later in the day in Jerusalem.

One Palestinian was reportedly shot in the leg, suffering light injuries.

The Israel Defense Forces has been bracing for a resurgence in Gaza fighting and a flare-up of clashes across the West Bank amid Palestinian threats of violence if the march by Jewish nationalists through parts of Jerusalem’s Old City, goes ahead.

The parade, rescheduled after the original event on May 10 was stopped short by Hamas rocket fire at Jerusalem, is the first major test faced by Israel’s new government, which was sworn in on Sunday and gave the go-ahead for the event on Monday.

However, Channel 13 news cited unnamed Palestinian sources Tuesday saying Egypt had asked Hamas not to cause an escalation, warning that such a move would “embarrass” Cairo and that Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s government would respond forcefully.

According to the sources, Hamas responded that “all options are on the table” but escalation could be avoided “if the event doesn’t get out of control.”

For the past three years, Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, mostly linked to Hamas and other terror groups, have launched thousands of balloon-borne incendiary and explosive devices into southern Israel, causing widespread fires and significant damage to agricultural fields, nature reserves, and private property.

The fires — some of which were inside Kibbutz Nir Am — were put out by fire services, Hebrew media reports said.

Some social media users noted that Bennett, who replaced Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday, had long urged a tougher response to arson balloons, saying they should be treated the same as rockets and attacks on southern Israel should get the same response as attacks targeting central Israel.

Meanwhile, the IDF on Monday deployed Iron Dome missile interceptor batteries across the country and sent reinforcements to the West Bank. Palestinian media claimed Tuesday that batteries were also placed near Jerusalem. The Israel Police was on high alert, deploying more than 2,000 officers across Jerusalem for the event

“The situation in the Palestinian sphere is volatile and we are prepared for a renewed outbreak of fighting,” IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi said late Monday.

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