Israeli Tanks Target Hamas Position Over Gaza Fire Balloons

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Israeli tanks deployed along the Gaza border, August 28, 2020.
Israeli tanks deployed along the Gaza border, August 28, 2020. Credit: Eliyahu Hershkovitz

Israeli tanks struck Hamas military positions in the southern Gaza Strip in retaliation for the persistent launches of incendiary balloons from the enclave, the army said in a statement on Sunday morning.

On Saturday, the explosive-laden balloons ignited 25 fires across the border in Israel. Firefighters said most of the fires small and in brushland and did not pose a danger.

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On Friday morning, the military struck Hamas targets in Gaza after six rockets were launched from the enclave during the night. The rocket fire came after the army struck an underground facility and military post belonging to Hamas earlier in the night in response to the launching of incendiary balloons from the Strip on Thursday.

A statement released by the military said a facility to manufacture weapons was targeted in the strike.

An earlier statement said that "IDF fighter jets, aircraft and a tank attacked an underground infrastructure and a military post" belonging to Hamas. The army "acts with firmness and determination against any attempt to carry out terrorist activity against the citizens of the State of Israel and the violation of its sovereignty," it added. 

On Thursday, 26 fires broke out in southern Israeli border communities after incendiary balloons were launched from Gaza.

In recent weeks, incendiary and explosive devices, as well as rocket fire, have been directed at Israel from Gaza, prompting Israeli airstrikes in retaliation.

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