Israel Strikes Hamas Targets in Gaza in Response to Incendiary Balloons

Almog Ben Zikri
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Smoke rises in the distance after war planes belonging to the Israeli army carried out airstrikes over Khan Yunis, in the Southern Gaza Strip early morning on August 21, 2020.
Smoke rises in the distance after war planes belonging to the Israeli army carried out airstrikes over Khan Yunis, in the Southern Gaza Strip early morning on August 21, 2020. Credit: SAID KHATIB / AFP
Almog Ben Zikri

The military struck underground facilities belonging to Hamas in the Gaza Strip on the night between Tuesday and Wednesday in response to the launching of incendiary balloons launched across the border, the army said.

Twenty-nine fires were started in southern Israeli communities by such balloons on Tuesday, according to authorities.

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

On Monday alone, incendiary balloons from Gaza caused 36 fires across the border in Israel.

The military also struck Hamas targets on the night between Monday and Tuesday, as well as on the previous night.

On Saturday, Israeli tanks hit Hamas positions after a rocket was launched earlier from the enclave.

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