Black balloon with a spider
..this is just a little add on to my last ‘balloon’ entry:
I just read in Lila’s blog that she had also written about those Israeli balloons – she mentioned an article in a Lebanon paper Yalibnan - here excerpts:
8 injured from toxic gases of Israeli balloons
Beirut- Eight people were hospitalized Saturday after inhaling toxic gases from poisonous balloons dropped by Israeli warplanes over Upper Nabatiyeh in southern Lebanon, the National News Agency reported.
The agency said Israeli warplanes dropped at least 10 poisonous balloons with Hebrew markings over Upper Nabatiyeh at about 9 am Saturday.
NNA said contacts have been made between the Lebanese army command and the U.N. Interim Force in Lebanon, which has instructed an Italian peacekeeping unit to take samples from the balloons for examination. The agency said the results are likely to come out on Sunday.
NNA had earlier said that the Lebanese army's engineering unit headed to the area and destroyed the balloons by explosives.
You see here it is written as fact, that a) the balloons were toxic & b) they were dropped by Israel warplanes.
Curious for more balloon informations in Lebanon press I found in the ‘Daily Star Lebanon’
you see the hysteria goes on:
BEIRUT: Renewed panic spread among some Lebanese Monday, as a black balloon with a spider drawn on it landed in the heart of a Beirut neighborhood, a day after Israeli balloons landed in South Lebanon. "It is a terrorist act against our peace of mind," Khaled Qamaryeh, owner of a store in the neighborhood of Salim Salaam, told The Daily Star.
His shop is located just a few meters away from where the balloon landed.
The panic over balloons began over the weekend, when several fluorescent green and orange balloons branded with the Hebrew word Ha'ir (The City) drifted into the South from Israel. Five civilians were allegedly hospitalized with nausea, breathing difficulties and dizziness after coming into contact with the balloons, but tests have thus far turned up no toxic sustances and an Israeli newspaper said they were part of an advertising campaign.
"I didn't go near it as I was worried it may be filled with poison," Qamaryeh said of the balloon found in his neighborhood. "I don't trust the Israelis."
Around 9:30 a.m. on Monday, a handful of residents discovered what they called "an unidentified balloon," near one of the roasteries in the area and immediately called in the Internal Security Forces and the army to investigate its contents.
"The balloon in Salim Salaam did not contain poison or dangerous substance," the head of Internal Security Forces, Ashraf Rifi, told The Daily Star.
"It wasn't enough that they violate our skies daily with their drones and warplanes, now they sending over their balloons to terrorize the Lebanese people," he said.
"Israel is capable of anything, and whether or not there are actual toxins, they are always waging a psychological war against the Lebanese," said Mohammad Sharqawi.
Sharqawi also believed that the officials "would lie" to keep the people from panicking.
"Israelis have a history of targeting the civilians, and so why not now through balloons?" he asked.
Preliminary tests run by Italian troops in the UNIFIL and by experts in the Lebanese Army tests showed "no evidence" of dangerous substances in the balloons.”
Doesn’t their green look really venomous? – just like the green leaves besides them – I wouldn’t eat those leaves. Who knows who had planted them?
I remember the days of the Afghanistan war against Russian occupation when Russians dropped grenades that looked like toys just like in Iraq last year when:
Iraq seizes booby-trapped toys
Baghdad - The Iraqi army said on Thursday it had seized a number of booby-trapped children's dolls, accusing insurgents of using the explosive-filled toys to target children.
The dolls were found in a car, each one containing a grenade or other explosive, said an army statement.
The government said that two men driving the car had been arrested in the western Baghdad district of Abu Ghraib.
It’s not Israel which commits such weird insidious acts – but a population who is told since early childhood to see ‘the Jews’ like this cartoon in Egyptians weekly magazine ‘Al Haraam’
of course believes in all kind of balloons.
Edit: Last evenening an African friend visited me. - I told her about the balloon story & showed her this pictures with the green balloons above. - She exclaimed at once: "These look really poisonious! - Such a poison green!" - M-hmm - that's quite the natural reaction - understand?
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