The bomb squad was forced to send an explosive removal robot to a Sydney home after suspicious item was left at a home where the Palestine flag was flying.
It comes as tensions persist over the Israel-Palestine conflict that has taken the lives of thousands of civilians since October 7.
Police were alerted to the “fake bomb” attached to the hood of a car parked outside a family’s Daphne Street home in Botany about 2pm on Friday.
They referred to it as a “suspicious item”.
Photographs posted to social media show the cubic device next to a handwritten note which reads: “ENOUGH! TAKE DOWN FLAG! ONE CHANCE!”
A jerry can with a small volume of fuel and rags stuffed inside, as well as bolts and a cigarette lighter were found near the car, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.
Rescue and Bomb Squad officers attended the scene and deemed the item safe.
Detectives established a crime scene and have commenced inquiries into the incident.
As the investigation continues, anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.