IDF strikes Hamas terror cells in Gaza in response to incendiary balloons

March 24, 2019 02:56
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Smoke rises following an Israeli air strike in Gaza November 12, 2018. (photo credit: REUTERS/SUHAIB SALEM)


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The IDF has struck several targets in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday evening, in a response to the renewed launching of incendiary balloons from the Strip into Israeli territory, the IDF reported.

Balloon terrorism has returned in recent weeks with several launches at communities in the Gaza vicinity. One incendiary balloon was reported to have been found in the Eshkol Regional Council on Tuesday. Residents reported the incident to security personnel, and an examination conducted on the ground found the balloon not to be a threat. A message in Arabic was attached to the balloon.

Shortly after, the IDF launched an initial airstrike, attacking the position from which the balloon was launched, in the northern Gaza Strip, followed by another strike, the IDF spokesperson reported. 

Riots broke out simultaneously at the border fence, in which three Palestinians were injured, the Palestinian Ministry of Health said.

Earlier Tuesday, the IDF Spokesperson stated that soldiers identified three suspects crossing the border fence In the southern Gaza Strip, placed a flag on it and returned immediately to the Strip.

IDF soldiers arrested a number of suspects who crossed the security fence south of the Gaza Strip on Monday. The Palestinians were unarmed and transferred to security forces for questioning.

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