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Onboard video footage from Israeli drones as they take down a ‘fire kite’

We have reported before how the Israeli Defence Forces you drones to drop tear gas canisters over protesting Palestinians along the Gaza border and how the IDF use small racing drones to take down so-called ‘fire kites’. These kites are outfitted with smoldering coals or Molotov cocktails to start wildfires in farmland and forests on the Israeli side of the border. Recently one kite was found with what the IDF believes to be small explosives. Today we get to see some onboard video footage from racing drones as they take down the kites.

Onboard drone video footage

The Israeli Defence Forces have been very fast in the adaptation of kites in their arsenal of tools to fight off the protesting Palestinians along the Gaza border. The IDF has used drones to drop tear gas canisters in an effort to disperse protesters. They have also turned to racing drones to take down so-called ‘fire-kites’, used by the Palestinians to start wildfires across the border in Israel.

Today we see for the first time actual onboard video footage from these drones as they take down the ‘fire kites’. See Facebook Pst below for the video.

The ‘fire kites’ have proven to be more than just a nuisance to Israel, as only a week ago possibly as much as 740 acres of “fields and parts of a nature reserve adjacent to Kibbutz Carmia were destroyed,” by fires that were started by kites according to the Times of Israel.

Reuters reported that Shadi, one of five Palestinian teenagers, who were preparing kites with fabric dipped in diesel and lubricant oil in a Gaza field as saying:

“It began spontaneously. We never thought we would achieve such good results. The idea is simple: use the simplest tools to cause damage and losses on the Occupation (Israel).”

Apart from using drones to take down these kites, an Israeli minister has called for ‘targetted assassinations’ to stop the kite flyers.

Palestinian protesters launching a ‘fire kite’ during a protest at the Gaza Strip’s border with Israel, Friday, April 20, 2018. (AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra)

June 8th. Palestinian protesters launch a ‘fire kite’ from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory (Israel Defense Forces).


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Haye Kesteloo is the Editor in Chief and Main Writer at DroneDJ, where he covers all drone related news and writes product reviews. He also contributes to the other sites in the 9to5Mac group such as; 9to5Mac, 9to5Google, 9to5Toys and Electrek. Haye can be reached at or @hayekesteloo