Israeli Army Strikes Hamas Weapons Manufacturing Site Over Incendiary Balloons

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An Israeli airstrike in Gaza two weeks ago.
An Israeli airstrike in Gaza two weeks ago.Credit: Said Khatib / AFP

Israeli fighter jets struck a Hamas weapons manufacturing site in Gaza in the early hours of Friday in response to the launch of explosive-laden balloons from the enclave into Israeli territory.

According to the military, the site was used by Hamas for research and development of weapons.

Israeli fighter jets attack in Gaza in the early hours of Friday.

The military said in a statement after the attack that the "Israel Defense Forces will respond strongly to terrorist activity from the Gaza Strip."  

Earlier, the Palestinian Shehab news agency reported that Israeli aircraft had attacked targets south of Gaza City.  

Four fires broke out on Thursday across the Eshkol Regional Council near the Gaza border due to incendiary balloons from Gaza, according to the Israel Fire and Rescue Commission.

Two weeks ago, about 20 fires broke out in Israeli territory near the Gaza Strip from incendiary balloons launched from the enclave. In response, Israeli fighter jets attacked Hamas military compounds in Gaza.

Speaking at a graduation ceremony for IDF officers on Thursday, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said that "If we are required to use our power, we will be more lethal." He added that "If we think a ground campaign is required, we will not hesitate to do so, and it will be extensive and vigorous."

This week, Israel approved the transport of fuel into the Gaza power plant. The Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) said in a statement that "the decision was made after assessing the security situation on the issue and with approval by the political echelon."

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