Israeli authorities have sent a threatening letter to Hamas leaders through Egypt’s intelligence agency, Quds Press reported yesterday.
According to the Israeli TV Channel 10, Israel said in the letter that it is ready to carry out a military offensive against Gaza if the incendiary balloons are not stopped.
Hamas replied with a letter from Cairo, saying that it would stop the kites and balloons after Friday in return for reopening the crossings, mainly Rafah, and with the improvement of economic and humanitarian conditions in Gaza.
Palestinian youths used the incendiary kites and balloons to face Israeli aggression against the protesters taking part in the Great March of Return and to put pressure on Israel to lift its 12-year siege imposed on the Gaza Strip.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued his orders to target anyone who flies these kites and balloons. Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennet said that they should be targeted even if they were children.
Since the start of the Great March of Return, the ministry of health in Gaza said that Israel has killed 142 protesters, including eight children and a woman, and wounded 16,496.