IDF: Kite mounted with camera from Gaza hovers into Israeli territory

IDF forces sighted a suspicious object in the air that crossed the border from Gaza into Israel on Saturday morning.

IDF forces fired from a distance after which terrorists on the Gazan side pulled back the the object  into their vehicle and fled the scene.

The IDF spokesperson released a statement saying “In the morning [Saturday] a kite was identified with a camera crossing the border from the Gaza Strip. The IDF force that spotted the kite fired into the air from a distance and the kite and its operators fled.”

According to the IDF, the kite was used to photograph the area close to the border.

A number of recent incidences emanating from the Gaza strip have tensions fraught between Israel and the coastal enclave.

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said that Israel “has no intention of initiating any military maneuver. At the same time, we will not tolerate any fire, any provocation.”

Tensions between with Gaza look set to rise, after a Salafi jihadist leader threatened to escalate his organization’s attacks on Israel within 48 hours, if his demands on Hamas were not met.

A Twitter account under the name Abu Bakr al-Makdasi posted on Thursday that he would order an increase in attacks on the Jewish state within the stated time if Hamas did not release members of his organization who were arrested a few days ago.

The threat comes a day after a small Salafi group in Gaza fired a rocket at Sderot, narrowly missing homes and hitting about 100 meters from an elementary school. The rocket exploded in a road in the southern town, failing to cause injuries but sending one resident into shock.

Following the attack, an ISIS-linked Salafi group in Gaza claimed responsibility.

Another projectile fired from the Gaza Strip fell in an open area in the Eshkol region on Thursday.