For the first time firebombs attached to balloons landed in Jerusalem backyard

Two firebombs attached to balloons landed for the first time in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Gilo.

Sappers were called to the scene and took it for inspection to examine the flammable object.

The balloons may have been flown by Muslim terrorists from the neighboring Arab town of Beit Jala, near Bethlehem.

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If authorities establish that the balloon was launched as part of a nationally-motivated attack, it would mark the first time that an incendiary balloon has been used in Jerusalem since the arson attacks from Gaza began targeting Israeli communities near the border more than three months ago.

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Ofer Ayoubi, an administrative leader in Gilo, responded to the incident. “I view this incident extremely seriously and I am very concerned that if this is terror, our neighbors in the territories have learned how to use terror kites,” he said.

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 Police warn Israelis not to touch kites or balloons.