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“Arson Terrorism”

Arson Terrorism

Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center:

A new method devised by Hamas during the “return marches” to attack the communities near the Gaza Strip and disrupt their daily lives.

“……The phenomenon of “arson terrorism” using kites, which began on a small scale during the third week of the violent “return marches,” has gathered momentum during the past few weeks, led by Hamas. In addition to incendiary kites, the use of helium balloons with flammable substances attached began, and later kites and balloons with IEDs attached. For Hamas, the advantage of helium balloons is that they can penetrate deep into Israeli territory and cause more damage than kites. Arson terrorism peaked on Saturday, June 16, 2018, when dozens of incendiary kites and balloons caused 25 fires which destroyed thousands of acres of crops, agricultural fields and natural forests. …..”

6/15/1904: More than 1,000 people taking a pleasure trip on New York City’s East River are drowned or burned to death when a fire sweeps through the General Slocum steamboat.

History Channel


Wildfires in Colorado


  • evacuation of more than 1,300 homes Tuesday
  • spreading dangerously close to the resort town of Silverthorne
  • getting close to two densely populated housing developments, just 60 miles west of Denver.

IMSR Summary
June 12th, 2018

New large incidents: 3
Large fires contained: 8
Uncontained large fires: 21
Area Command teams committed: 0
NIMOs committed: 0
Type 1 IMTs committed: 3
Type 2 IMTs committed: 2

Incident Management Situation Report


Reviewing the series of fires and explosions at the Husky Energy refinery in Superior, WI.

MPR News

“…..What caused the blast?

Authorities said a tank of crude oil or asphalt exploded at the refinery as it was shutting down the plant down for repairs. They have not speculated on what caused that initial explosion or what caused it to re-ignite.

No deaths were reported.

Initial injury reports were unclear. As of early Thursday afternoon, the injury toll was 11 and later dropped to six. The injured were taken to three area hospitals. One person’s injuries were serious….”


Venezuela: At least 68 people died when a fire broke out during a riot in the jail area of a police station



Kemerovo: At least 64 people, many of whom are believed to be children, perished on Sunday as a massive fire swept through a crowded shopping center.

Washington Post


At least 37 people are confirmed to have died and dozens more are missing in a fire that tore through a shopping centre in the Siberian city of Kemerovo.



3/25/1911: the Triangle Shirtwaist Company factory in New York City burns down, killing 145 workers

History Channel

February 13, 1945: A series of Allied firebombing raids begins against the German city of Dresden, reducing the city to rubble and killing as many as 135,000 people with the bombing and the resulting fires.


1/29/1922: At the Knickerbocker Theatre in Washington, D.C., the accumulated snow on the theater’s roof collapses the building and tons of steel and concrete fell down on top of the theatergoers cusing the deaths of 108 and injuring another 133.

History Channel




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