The Israeli Air Force (IAF) hit two Hamas posts in the Gaza Strip on Monday in response to the latter flying so-called arson balloons toward Israeli territory, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) press service said.
“Moments ago, an IAF aircraft struck two Hamas posts in the northern Gaza Strip. These posts were located near areas where arson balloons are launched, starting fires in Israel. The strike was in response to Hamas’ arson attacks against Israeli civilians and Israeli sovereignty,” the IDF said on Twitter.
On Saturday, the IAF hit dozens of Palestinian targets in the Gaza Strip, while Hamas, supported by the Islamic Jihad group, fired about 200 rockets and projectiles at southern Israel. The hostilities lasted for about 24 hours and ended after Palestinian forces said that a ceasefire arrangement had been coordinated with Israel through Egypt’s mediation efforts.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Saturday’s airstrikes on the Gaza Strip the hardest since the military operation in the enclave in 2014 and threatened Hamas with new strikes in case it continued its attacks on Israel.