Overnight Flare-up: IDF Strikes Hamas Targets, Rockets Fired From Gaza

Three rockets fired toward Israel from the Strip early Monday morning after Israel attacks over flaming kites

An explosion in Gaza after an IDF attack, early in the morning on June 18, 2018

The Israeli military said Monday that it had attacked nine Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip, including military compounds and weapons production facilities, late Sunday night. Three rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip toward Israel early on Monday morning, with one of them landing in the Gaza Strip, shortly afterward.

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The IDF Spokesperson's Office said that the attack was carried out in response to the firing of kites and explosive devices into Israel, as well as to an attempt to infiltrate into Israel. "The IDF will act with growing determination against terrorist activities in all its different forms until they cease," the statement read.

Around 5 A.M this morning, rocket alarm sirens were heard in Israeli communities near the Gaza border, including Kibbutz Yad Mordechai, and Netiv Ha'asara, Kibbutz Zikim, and Carmia.

A fire that broke out in the wake of the attack in Gaza, early in the morning, on June 18, 2018
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On Sunday, the IDF said it had struck a car used by a group of Palestinians who launched incindiery balloons from the southern Gaza Strip into Israel, the fourth such strike in a day. Meanwhile, some 17 fires broke out throughout the day in Gaza border communities, the Jewish National Fund said.

Reports in Gaza said Israel attacked a Hamas target east of the Al-Bureij refugee camp in the center of the coastal enclave. No casualties were reported.

The KKL-JNF reported Sunday 21 fires that broke out in Israel in areas surrounding the Gaza Strip, including Kissufim and the Be'eri Forest, and caused extensive damage to plants and animals. More than a thousand turkeys died in Kibbutz Ein Hashlosha after the fires.