The IDF spokesman’s unit confirmed that the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) attacked targets in the Gaza Strip late Monday and early Tuesday morning after 10 fires were fired by incendiary balloons from Gaza into Israel. Meanwhile, an Israeli military spokesman said Monday’s attack was in response to the launch of incendiary balloons toward southern Israel.
According to Palestinian security sources, the post and facilities belong to the al-Qassam Brigade, Hamas’ armed wing in the southern, central and northern Gaza Strip. Hamas-run al-Aqsa radio in Gaza reported that Hamas militants fired heavy machine guns at the fighters. Also on Monday, Israeli media reported that more than nine fires broke out in southern Israel after dozens of incendiary balloons were released from the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, and severe damage to several farms in the region.
Monday night’s airstrike on the Gaza Strip lasted 11 days and is the fourth since the end of the last round of fighting that ended on May 21, killing more than 250 Palestinians and 13 Israelis. The balloon launch came as Palestinian factions threatened to continue popular activities, including border protests, until the blockade on the Gaza Strip was lifted and Qatari funds were transferred to the coastal enclave.