The military struck Hamas targets in Gaza on Friday morning after six rockets were launched from the enclave during the night, according to a statement. 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 weapons manufacturing facility was targeted with 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, said a statement early Friday. The army "acts with firmness and determination against any attempt at terrorist activity against the citizens of the State of Israel and the violation of its sovereignty," it added.
OnThursday, 26 fires broke out in southern Israeli border communities after incendiary balloons were launched from the Gaza strip.
The night between Thursday and Friday was the fourth consecutive night in which Israel targeted military sites in the Palestinian enclave in response to a series of actions from Hamas.
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In recent weeks, incendiary and explosive devices, as well as rocket fire, have been directed at Israel from Gaza, prompting Israeli airstrikes in retaliation.
According to authorities, 29 fires were started in southern Israeli communities by such balloons on Tuesday, with a further 36 on Monday.