Israel says it carried out airstrikes on Hamas targets after balloon attack

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The Israel Defense Forces on Twitter announced on Monday that it had carried out strikes against Hamas targets in Gaza in response to a previous arson attack with a balloon.

“All summer, Hamas launched incendiary balloons from Gaza into Israel,” the tweet read. “In response to new Hamas attacks today, we hit a weapons manufacturing site, a rocket launch site and tunnel entrances in Gaza.

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The strikes occurred late Monday night and until Tuesday morning, according to the Jerusalem Post. The newspaper said fighter jets targeted a weapons site in Khan Younis and a tunnel in Jabaliya.

There was no immediate information on casualties or damage after the airstrikes. The newspaper said the balloon attack was accused of starting 10 fires.

The newspaper said a Hamas official said the bombing demonstrated Israel’s “confusion and failure regarding the steadfastness and stability of our Palestinian people and our people and our resistance to the scale of the challenge. The bets of the occupation will fail and we will continue, and the bombing will only increase our resolve and perseverance to wrest our rights. “

Israel and Hamas are bitter enemies who have waged four wars and countless skirmishes since the Islamic militant group took control of Gaza in a 2007 coup, a year after winning Palestinian elections.

The most recent round of fighting in May, an 11-day war waged until an unsuccessful ceasefire, killed at least 254 people in Gaza, including 67 children and 39 women, according to the health ministry in Gaza. Gaza. Hamas has acknowledged the deaths of 80 militants. Twelve civilians, including two children, were killed in Israel, along with a soldier.

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Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, the right-wing leader who was once the chief of staff to former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, said he would approach balloon attacks with the same seriousness as if they were rockets.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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