(WHAT do I keep reminding you about the uselessness of doing news parodies around here, hmmm? The following is a real news report - and reported by barkin' lunatics...)
Yes, the "engineering unit" no doubt should have used very long pins, instead, to blow up the balloons... what wackos.
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.
NNA said among those who were rushed to hospital suffering from nausea and fatigue were a Lebanese staff sergeant, a recruit and An Nahar reporter Rana Jouni.
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.
The army, in a communiqué issued Friday, warned civilians against messing with the balloons and urged them to report finding them to the closest army unit.
An Israeli promotional campaign involving balloons caused panic among Lebanese civilians Saturday when the wind carried them over the border into southern Lebanon.And, this just in: death-dealing IDF units are next reportedly planning to - oh no - send in the clowns (ah, I just slay me sometimes...)
The Lebanese media reported that some civilians were hospitalized after inhaling the gas in the balloons.
However, the photographs published on the Web site of Hezbollah's TV station Al-Manar show green balloons from a promotional campaign for Ha'ir, a Schocken group newspaper. (and Tel Aviv's "Village Voice " wannabe weekly)