Israeli Military: Aircraft Fires at Gazans Launching Incendiary Balloons

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A fire in southern Israel started by kites from Gaza on July 22, 2018.
A fire in southern Israel started by kites from Gaza on July 22, 2018. Credit: Eliyahu Hershkovitz

An Israeli military aircraft on Monday fired at a group of Gazans launching incendiary balloons, the army said. 

Reports from Gaza said the aircraft struck in the northern part of the enclave, east of the Jabalya refugee camp. No casualties were reported.

The attack took place a day after two Palestinians launching incendiary balloons were lightly-to-moderately wounded when Israel fired at them, also near Jabalia. 

Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Sunday that Israel will reopen Kerem Shalom - Gaza's only commercial crossing - in the coming days, if the Gaza border remains quiet.

Israel last week decided to allow no fuel to pass through the crossing, further tightening the blockade it imposed last week in response to the daily barrage of kites and balloons carrying firebombs. Though the Kerem Shalom crossing was closed to most merchandise the previous week, fuel, food and medicine were exempted from that decision. 

Israel and Hamas agreed to restore calm in Gaza after an escalation over the weekend that included rockets fired at Israel from Gaza and dozens of Israeli strikes on the Strip. The escalation began after a Gaza sniper shot and killed an Israeli soldier on the Gaza border. Hundreds of people attended the funeral of Staff Sgt. Aviv Levi on Sunday.