Offbeat New Israeli strikes on Gaza in retaliation for incendiary balloons

13:25  13 august  2020
13:25  13 august  2020 Source:   lepoint.fr

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Israel has carried out a series of airstrikes against Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip, in retaliation for multiple explosive and incendiary balloons launched This was not the first such incident over the past two weeks, according to Israeli media. Hamas has controlled Gaza since 2007, and Israel holds

Israeli forces are striking Hamas targets in Gaza for a second day, responding to projectile launches from there. Over the past few weeks, Israeli media repeatedly reported rockets, as well as explosive and incendiary balloons , being launched from Gaza .

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The Israeli army announced on Thursday morning new bombardments against Hamas positions in the Gaza Strip, in retaliation for the launching of incendiary balloons from the Palestinian enclave to Israel in a scenario raising fears of further escalation.

Over the past week, the IDF has claimed responsibility for a series of nightly strikes against positions of the ruling armed Islamist movement Hamas in the Gaza Strip in response to incendiary balloon fire, some of which are in the air. the origin of brush fires in southern Israel which, however, did not claim any victims.

In response to these throws of projectiles, Israel has also closed since Tuesday the Kerem Shalom post, where goods enter Gaza, a tongue of land populated by two million inhabitants, more than half of whom live below the poverty line, according to the World Bank.

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The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) confirmed in a statement that it had carried out two strikes in Gaza in retaliation for the launching of balloons affixed with explosives towards Israel, one of which landed near an Israeli border community on Sunday. The Israeli government has faced mounting pressure to

Israeli jets have struck Palestinian militant positions in the Gaza Strip after rockets and mortars were fired into Israel, the Israeli military says. The escalation came hours after Israel bombed three sites in retaliation for the launching of incendiary kites and balloons over the Gaza border.

At first, fuel and essential humanitarian aid were the subject of an exception, but on Thursday morning, the Israeli Defense Ministry announced "to stop the import of fuel into the Gaza Strip" in because of the "continuous sending of incendiary balloons" from the enclave.

On Wednesday evening, the Jewish state, which has maintained a blockade on Gaza for over a decade, also announced an "immediate" reduction in the Mediterranean fishing zone for Gazans, from fifteen to eight nautical miles, before moving on. announce new strikes early Thursday morning.

"Fighter jets and tanks hit a number of Hamas military targets in the Gaza Strip," the IDF said in a brief statement.

"The targets struck include a military site used for Hamas naval forces, underground infrastructure and observation posts," added the army, which said it had acted in "response" to the continued launching of incendiary balloons .

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The Israel Defense Forces have carried out several strikes on military targets of the Hamas radical movement in the Gaza Strip in response to the launching of balloons carrying explosives across the border, the Israeli Defense Ministry informed.

Israeli fire department teams put out three fires caused by incendiary balloons near Kibbutz Be'eri in southern Israel ■ Police report balloon with charge attached exploded in Gaza border community.

In the Gaza Strip, a Palestinian security source confirmed these Israeli strikes which "damaged" Hamas "sites" and "residences" but "without causing any injuries."

Hamas and Israel have fought three wars (2008, 2012, 2014) since Hamas took control of the Gaza Strip in 2007.

Despite a truce last year, favored by the UN, the Egypt and Qatar, the two camps clash sporadically with rockets, mortar shells or incendiary balloons from Gaza and retaliatory strikes from the Israeli army.

According to Palestinian analysts, the shootings from Gaza are often aimed at putting pressure on the Jewish state to give the green light for the entry of financial aid from Qatar into the enclave, foreseen in the agreement of truce.

08/13/2020 09:19:05 - Gaza (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) - © 2020 AFP

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