Israeli Aircraft Fires at Gaza Cell Launching Airborne Firebombs

This is the second day in a row Israel is firing at Palestinians sending incendiary balloons toward Israeli territory

Israeli fire-fighting forces putting out a fire close to the Gaza border.
\ Eliyahu Hershkovitz

An Israeli army aircraft fired at Palestinians launching incendiary balloons toward Israeli territory from the southern Gaza Strip, the military said Thursday.

The military also said Wednesday that the air force fired at a cell sending airborne firebombs towrad Israel.

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday that Israel will close the Kerem Shalom border crossing with Gaza over the airborne firebombs being sent into Israel in recent weeks.

"In agreement with the defense minister, we will act with a heavy hand against the Hamas regime in the Gaza Strip," Netanyahu said.

Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum called the step "a new crime against humanity" that are against international law and human rights.

This was not the only step Israel is taking to counter the threat, Netanyahu said, but refused to elaborate. "As for Gaza, I've already told you that I have no intention to prematurely announce all of the steps we are taking," the prime minister told Likud lawmakers. "There will be other steps which I won't detail."