Israel Strikes Gazan Group Launching Airborne Firebombs

According to Palestinian reports, there were no casualties in the attack which targeted a group situated in the northern Gaza Strip

Yaniv Kubovich
Jack Khoury
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A Palestinian man inspecting a damaged car after an Israeli strike on the northern Gaza Strip, August 5, 2018.
A Palestinian man inspecting a damaged car after an Israeli strike on the northern Gaza Strip, August 5, 2018.Credit: AFP
Yaniv Kubovich
Jack Khoury

Israel struck a group of Palestinians who launched incendiary balloons from the northern Gaza Strip, the Israeli military said Monday.

The attack was carried out by an unmanned aerial vehicle east of the Jabalya refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip. No injuries were reported.

On Sunday, the army attacked infrastructure used by Hamas to launch firebombs in the northern Gaza Strip.

According to Palestinian reports, four people were injured in the incident and evacuated to a hospital in the northern Gaza Strip.

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