Israel launches airstrikes on Gaza after Palestinians send incendiary balloons

by MCR Correspondent

Israel has launched airstrikes on the Gaza Strip, its first offensive since a new coalition government came to power, barely weeks after an 11-day battle with the Palestinian territory.

According to report, blasts were heard across Gaza about 1:00 a.m. local time on Wednesday June 16, 2021.

These airstrikes come after militants in the Palestinian territory sent incendiary balloons into the south of Israel.

“Fighter jets recently attacked Hamas military complexes that served as camps and meeting places for terrorist operatives in the Khan Yunis and Gaza brigades,” the military said.

It added that it is “prepared for all scenarios, including the resumption of hostilities.”

“Terrorist activity took place in the attacked compound,” the IDF said, adding that the attacks were in retaliation to incendiary devices launched earlier in the day toward southern Israel.

“The IDF is prepared for all scenarios, including the resumption of hostilities, in the face of continued terror acts from the Gaza Strip,” the army added.

“No Gazans were injured in the strikes, the Hamas-affiliated Palestinian media centre initially reported,” a report said.

Hundreds of missiles were launched from both Israel and Palestine during the 11-day conflict between Israel and Hamas.

According to the Gaza Health Ministry, which is administered by Hamas, 253 Palestinians were killed in the battle, including 66 children, while 13 Israelis were slain, including a 5-year-old boy and a soldier.

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