IDF strikes Gaza Strip following arson attacks

"IDF tanks struck military posts of the terrorist organization Hamas in the Gaza Strip," the IDF reported early Thursday.

IDF Artillery Corps fires 155 mm M-109 howitzer gun during Operation Protective Edge, Gaza, 2014 (photo credit: IDF SPOKESPERSON'S UNIT)
IDF Artillery Corps fires 155 mm M-109 howitzer gun during Operation Protective Edge, Gaza, 2014
(photo credit: IDF SPOKESPERSON'S UNIT)
The IDF struck the Gaza Strip early Thursday morning, responding to incendiary balloon attacks that had entered Israel throughout the past day and caused fires in various regions, Walla reported, citing the Palestinian Shehab agency.

At least 28 fires broke out in the Gaza border communities on Wednesday, Walla added. More than 200 fires broke out in the western Negev over the last two weeks.

"IDF tanks struck military posts of the terrorist organization Hamas in the Gaza Strip," the IDF Spokesperson's Unit reported early Thursday morning. "The strike was executed in response to the launch of explosive and incendiary balloons from the territory of the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory."

This is the ninth night the IAF has struck the Gaza Strip amid growing tensions with Hamas. Rockets were fired over the last two days towards the cities of Sderot and Ashkelon.

A rocket warhead reportedly exploded near a house in Sderot earlier this week. According to N12, another rocket was intercepted over the city of Ashkelon on Tuesday.