JERUSALEM (JTA) — A bunch of colorful balloons carrying an explosives-laden model airplane landed in a carrot field in southern Israel.
In response, Israeli military helicopters fired on two Hamas military posts in Gaza.
The Israel Defense Forces said in a statement on Twitter that while the balloons were reminiscent of a birthday celebration, they were “flown from Gaza into Israel by Hamas, with the intention of killing innocent Israelis.”
The explosives detonated early Sunday afternoon as a military bomb disposal robot inspected the model airplane, which bore the name of a Gaza engineering college on its side. It is not known who launched the explosives.
The IDF holds the terrorist group Hamas, which runs Gaza, responsible.
“Hamas will bear the consequences of its actions,” the IDF tweeted.