The IDF struck Hamas positions after saying incendiary balloons were launched from the besieged enclave.
The IDF carried out another nighttime raid on Hamas positions in the besieged Gaza Strip after saying incendiary balloons were launched from the Palestinian enclave.
The Israeli army mentionned it hit a “Hamas-owned weapons and rocket launcher manufacturing site” on Saturday evening.
According to security sources and witnesses in Gaza, fighter jets struck facilities west of Gaza City and in the northern Strip, with no immediate reports of casualties.
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There was no immediate indication of which Gaza-based group was responsible for launching the balloon, but Israel holds Hamas – the group that rules Gaza – responsible for any action.
“The strikes were made in response to the fires of balloons fired into Israeli territory,” an Israeli army statement said.
On Thursday, four small fires caused by incendiary balloons from Gaza were extinguished in the Eshkol area, according to the fire service.
Israel retaliated early on Friday with airstrikes, which the military said hit “a Hamas-owned weapons site”.
The latest attack comes just weeks after the IDF launched an 11-day bombing campaign on the already ravaged enclave, killing at least 260 Palestinians, including 66 children.
In Israel, 13 people, including two children, were killed by rockets fired from Gaza, police and military said.
Saturday’s night raid was the fourth time Israel had carried out airstrikes in Gaza since the May offensive, which ended in a “ceasefire” brokered by the Egyptians on May 21.
Although Israel eased restrictions last month to allow much-needed aid to the Palestinian enclave, it maintained a crippling 14-year land, air and sea blockade.
The UN has dubbed Gaza an “open-air prison” whose residents suffer from extreme poverty in conditions that have worsened since the coronavirus pandemic.