IDF attacks targets in Gaza in response to incendiary balloons

Written by on June 17, 2021

Fires were reported in the Sha’ar HaNegev area and throughout the Eshkol Regional Council area.

SMOKE RISES from the Gaza Strip following an IDF military strike, August 2014.  (photo credit: ALBERT SADIKOV/FLASH90)

SMOKE RISES from the Gaza Strip following an IDF military strike, August 2014.

(photo credit: ALBERT SADIKOV/FLASH90)

The IDF attacked targets in Gaza Thursday night in response to incendiary balloon attacks launched from Gaza, Palestinian media reported.

No injuries have thus far been reported. The IDF allegedly forewarned Gaza residents prior to attacking 10 Hamas targets in the Strip, N12 news reported. The strikes were carried out in the northern Gaza Strip, near Beit Lahiya and Beit Hanoun, whcih came in response to multiple incendiary balloons launched on Thursday, causing some eight fires in Israeli communities near Gaza. 

Fires were reported in the Sha’ar HaNegev area and throughout the Eshkol Regional Council area.

Tensions between Israel and terrorist organizations in the Gaza Strip have risen in the last three days, following a threat from Hamas to escalate attacks in response to the Jerusalem Flag March on Tuesday.

A number of fires also broke out in southern Israel on Tuesday, with at least 20 fires sparked by incendiary balloons launched from Gaza. Earlier on Tuesday, Palestinian media published photos of terrorists preparing such balloons to launch towards Israel.

The attack come following  Operation Guardians of the Wall conducted in mid-May, an 11-day IDF operations that came in response to rocket fire from the Gaza Strip.

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