The Israeli army attacked the Hamas position after claiming to launch inflaming balloons from the besieged enclave.
The Israeli military said that after launching a burning balloon from a Palestinian enclave, it carried out another night raid on the Hamas position in the besieged Gaza Strip.
Israeli army Say Later on Saturday, it attacked a “weapons manufacturing base belonging to Hamas and a rocket launcher.”
According to security sources and witnesses in Gaza, fighter jets attacked facilities in the west and north of Gaza City, and no casualties were reported immediately.
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There is no direct indication that which Gaza organization is responsible for the balloon launch, but Israel believes that Hamas, the organization that governs Gaza, is responsible for any actions.
A statement from the Israeli army said: “The attack was in response to arson balloons launched into Israeli territory.”
According to the fire department, four small fires caused by burning balloons from Gaza were extinguished in the Eshkor area on Thursday.
Israel retaliated with air strikes earlier on Friday. The military said the air strikes attacked “weapons manufacturing bases” belonging to Hamas.
The latest attack occurred a few weeks after the Israeli army launched an 11-day bombing operation on an already ravaged enclave, killing at least 260 Palestinians, including 66 children.
The police and army said that in Israel, 13 people, including two children, were killed by rockets fired from Gaza.
Saturday’s night raid was the fourth Israeli air strike in Gaza since the May offensive. The offensive ended on May 21 with a “ceasefire” brokered by Egypt.
Although Israel eased restrictions last month and allowed some much-needed aid into the Palestinian enclaves, it still maintained a serious land, sea and air blockade for 14 years.
The United Nations refers to Gaza as an “open-air prison,” and its residents endure extreme poverty as the situation has deteriorated since the coronavirus pandemic.