Young Palestinian men prepare to launch balloons carrying a homemade explosive near the Israel-Gaza border in the central Gaza Strip, Jan. 22, 2020. (Ail Ahmed/Flash90)

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A bundle of balloons carrying the explosive head of an RPG rocket was found in an agricultural area of southern Israel.

A police sapper conducted a controlled detonation of the explosive, according to the Israel Police.

Arson balloons or balloons with incendiary devices attached were frequently sent aloft toward southern Israel during 2019, but their usage has waned this year. Several incendiary balloons were launched last month, however. They are often disguised as toys to attract children.

A Palestinian terror balloon unit last month threatened to “unleash hell” for Israelis living near the Gaza border, i24 News reported.


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