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Palestinians fire incendiary balloons into Israel over ‘flag march’

Right-wing Israelis set to stage flag march in Jerusalem’s Old City on Tuesday

Nour Mahd Ali Abu Aisha   | 15.06.2021
Palestinians fire incendiary balloons into Israel over ‘flag march’

GAZA CITY, Palestine

Palestinian activists on Tuesday fired incendiary balloons and kites from the Gaza Strip towards areas adjacent to Gaza border in southern Israel.

“The fire was in response to the provocative flag march in East Jerusalem on Tuesday,” a Palestinian activist who identified himself as Abu Houzayfa told Anadolu Agency.

The incendiary balloons or kites contain flammable materials or oil-soaked rags that may ignite fires once landing on crops or dried plants.

Earlier on Tuesday, a Palestinian was injured by Israeli gunfire near the Gaza border fence.

The Israeli flag march is expected to take place later Tuesday in occupied East Jerusalem, amid Palestinian condemnations.

The march had originally been planned for May 10 to mark what the Israelis call the day of unifying Jerusalem, in reference to Israel’s occupation of the city in 1967, but the march was canceled amid tensions that escalated into 11 days of fighting between Israel and Palestinian resistance factions in Gaza. The fighting came to a halt under an Egyptian-brokered truce on May 21.

*Ahmed Asmar contributed to this report from Ankara

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