Israel strikes Hamas targets for second day after incendiary balloon attacks from Gaza

Jennie Taer, DCNF

Israel conducted strikes against Hamas targets in Gaza for the second day Thursday after nearly a month-long ceasefire.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said that strikes were carried out in response to the launching of incendiary balloons from Gaza into Israel, according to The Times of Israel. The strikes targeted Hamas-controlled buildings in Gaza City and Khan Yunis.

“The IDF has increased its readiness for various scenarios & will continue to strike Hamas terror targets in Gaza,” the IDF said in a tweet.

The IDF reported that rocket sirens were sounding in southern Israel, but later clarified that the alarms were triggered by “incoming fire, not rockets.”

At least eight fires in Israel were caused by the incendiary balloons on Thursday, according to Ynet news. It was the third day in a row that the balloons set areas near Israel’s border with Gaza ablaze.

On Tuesday, the IDF carried out similar strikes on Hamas targets in Gaza after 20 fires broke out, according to The Jerusalem Post.

A ceasefire has been in place since May 20 after Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad fired thousands of rockets into Israel and the IDF responded by striking numerous strongholds in Gaza.

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