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The Israeli army carried out airstrikes on the Gaza Strip on Monday in retaliation for sending incendiary balloons. The Israeli fire did not claim any casualties but caused material damage.
The Israeli army carried out airstrikes on the Gaza Strip on Monday (August 23) after launching incendiary balloons into its territory from the Palestinian enclave.
The raids, which targeted sites in Gaza City, Khan Younes (south) and Jabalia (north), did not claim any casualties but caused material damage, a Palestinian security source said in the country. enclave.
The armed movement Hamas, in power in Gaza, fired in the direction of Israeli planes, the source added on condition of anonymity, without giving further details.
Bush fires on the Israeli side
The IDF confirmed that fighter jets targeted “a Hamas-owned weapons manufacturing site in Khan Younes,” the entrance to an underground tunnel in Jabalia and an underground rocket launch site, “located near houses and a school in Chejaya “, a district of Gaza City.
“The strikes were in retaliation for Hamas’ fire of incendiary balloons into Israeli territory earlier today,” the military said in a statement, Monday to Tuesday night.
Earlier Monday, Israeli firefighters reported several bushfires set off by incendiary balloons launched from the Gaza Strip.
The strikes follow other Israeli raids overnight from Saturday to Sunday on Palestinian territory, targeting “four weapons manufacturing and storage sites” belonging to Hamas, according to the Israeli army.
Clashes during the weekend
The raids took place after clashes between Palestinians and the Israeli army on Saturday, on the sidelines of demonstrations organized along the barrier separating the Gaza Strip from Israel.
Some 40 Palestinians were injured by Israeli fire during the clashes, according to Hamas, while the Israeli security forces also reported one seriously injured in their ranks.
The Jewish state holds Hamas responsible for all actions taken towards its territory from the enclave, which has been under Israeli blockade for nearly fifteen years and where two million inhabitants live.
Israel and Hamas fought an eleven-day lightning war in May, in which 260 Palestinians were killed in Israeli strikes on Gaza, including fighters, according to local authorities.
In Israel, rocket fire from Gaza left thirteen dead, including a soldier, according to police and military.