Israeli Military Strikes Gaza After Explosives Tied to Balloons Flown Into Israel

Among the Hamas targets were a weapons manufacturing site and a military compound for intelligence collection, the IDF statement said

Young Palestinian men prepare a flammable object to be flown toward Israel, near the Israel-Gaza border east of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, January 18, 2020.
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Israel Defense Forces jets struck a number of Hamas positions in southern Gaza on Saturday night in response to explosives-laden balloons flown into Israeli territory from the strip, the military reported.

Among the Hamas targets were a weapons manufacturing site and a military compound for intelligence collection, the IDF statement said.

"The IDF views all destructive activities of every kind against Israeli territory with the utmost seriousness, and will continue to do all that is needed to fight attempts to hurt Israeli citizens," the statement continued. "The Hamas terror organization is responsible for all that occurs in and emanates from the Gaza Strip, and will face the ramifications of terror activities against Israeli citizens."

The Israel Police received two reports of suspicious balloons in southern Israeli communities on Saturday. Police sapper teams were sent to the scene to deal with the situation.

On Thursday, five bundles of balloons tied to explosives were found in southern Israel. In one of the incidents, one of the bombs tied to the balloons exploded, but left no casualties. Police sappers neutralized the others.