New Delhi: The Israeli Airforce on Wednesday launched an airstrike on Gaza Strip in response to the incendiary balloons launched from the Palestinian territory into southern Israel.
According to the media report, this is the first flare-up since the end of 11 days cross border fighting in May.
Tensions rose after a march was conducted in East Jerusalem on Tuesday by Israeli nationalists which drew threats of action by Hamas, the ruling militant group in Gaza.
The media report further stated that “The Israeli army confirmed that they attacked compounds of Hamas and Israel Army is ready for all scenarios and will take all actions to stop terror activities in Gaza.”
An official statement arrived from the Israel Army said “the strikes come in the wake of Hamas launching balloons with explosives, which Israeli fire brigade reported caused 20 blazes in open fields in communities near the Gaza border.”
A Hamas spokesman confirmed the attack.
On May 21, a ceasefire was declared between Israel and Hamas, leading to the end of 11 days of fighting during which hundreds of rockets were launched from both Israel and Palestine sides.
As per Hamas-run Gaza Health Ministry, 253 Palestinians were killed during the conflict, including 66 children, while 13 Israelis, including a 5-year-old boy and a soldier, lost their lives, media reported.