Palestinian protestors prepare to fly a kite loaded with an incendiary. Image Credit: AFP

Occupied Jerusalem: The Israeli military says its aircraft have struck a vehicle belonging to someone who sends burning kites into Israel from Gaza.

No one was wounded in Sunday’s strike but it marked an escalation in Israel’s response to a phenomenon that has wreaked havoc on agriculture in southern Israel in recent weeks. Fields were once again set ablaze on a hot, windy and dry Saturday.

Gazans began flying kites with burning rags attached to them during mass protests against the crippling Israeli and Egyptian blockade of the territory. Israeli occupation troops have fired on the protesters, killing more than 100 since the weekly demonstrations began in March.