Israeli airstrikes, struck Gaza in the early hours of Wednesday, June 16, in retaliation for incendiary balloons that crossed into the country from Hamas-controlled territory — an exchange that highlights the fragility of a cease-fire in the region and poses a first test for Israel’s new government.
Israel’s Defense Forces(IDF), launched a series of airstrikes into Gaza after a balloon attack sent incendiary devices floating into southern Israel.
The balloon attacks sparked nearly two-dozen fires in Israel.
Explosions lit the night sky above buildings in Gaza City as Israeli forces shelled the Palestinian enclave.
The targets were used by Hamas’ Khan Yunis and Gaza Brigades for “terror activities,” according to the IDF.
The unrest comes after an Israeli nationalist march in East Jerusalem that celebrated the 1967 capture of the city.
“The Hamas terror organization is responsible for all events transpiring in the Gaza Strip, and will bear the consequences for its actions,” the military said in a statement.
“The IDF is prepared for any scenario, including a resumption of hostilities, in the face of continuing terror activities from the Gaza Strip.”
According to the Times of Israel, there were no injuries on both sides of the aisle.