Israeli Aircraft Strikes Two Hamas Outpost Near Gaza Border

Attack helicopters struck two Hamas posts in the southern Gaza Strip in response to balloons carrying an explosive device that were launched into Israeli territory from Gaza, says Israeli army spokesperson

File photo: Palestinians run for cover as smoke rises following an Israeli air strike on a Hamas post, in the northern Gaza Strip on February 6, 2017.
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Israeli aircraft struck two Hamas outposts near the border fence of the Gaza Strip on Monday, Israel Defense Forces Spokesperson's Unit said.

Attack helicopters struck two Hamas posts in the southern Gaza Strip in response to balloons carrying an explosive device that were launched into Israeli territory from Gaza earlier on Monday, said the statement.

The Eshkol Regional Council, a Gaza border community, also released a statement claiming that residents could hear explosions caused by Israeli Air Force activity on Monday afternoon. 

It later released a statement that a charge carried by a balloon exploded between two buildings in a border community. There were no wounded or casualties, said the statement, as well as no property damage.

On Sunday, the Israeli military struck a Hamas outpost on Sunday evening after an explosive device was thrown over the border fence in northern Gaza. No injuries were reported  as a result of the strike, which took place east of Beit Hanoun.

This marks the fifth flare-up on the Gaza border since last week, when Israel attacked a Hamas outpost in response to the first airborne firebomb launched from Gaza since November.