Israel Strikes Hamas Targets in Gaza After Airborne Device Explodes

Device damages home in southern Israel ■ Military says aircraft struck military compound used by Hamas

File photo: An Israeli airstrike in Gaza, November 2018.
Eliyahu Hershkovitz

The Israeli air force struck several targets in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday night after an airborne incendiary device damaged a home in the Eshkol region of southern Israel.

The military said attack helicopters and fighter jets struck a military compound used by Hamas in the central Gaza Strip.

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"The Hamas terror organization bears responsibility for everything that happens in the Gaza Strip or emanating from it, and for all the consequences of terrorist activity originating in the Gaza Strip," a military statement said.

Last week, Israel attacked a Hamas outpost in response to the first airborne firebomb launched from Gaza since November.

A senior Hamas political official told Haaretz last week that the organization did not want to go “all out” against Israel, so as to allow Egyptian-mediated talks to continue. However, Hamas said that Israel has been trying to impose quiet on the Strip by means of Qatari money, and senior Hamas officials said recently that the organization would not stop the protests at the border fence in exchange for the money.