Israel hits Hamas military compound in response to incendiary balloons

Incendiary balloons launched on Saturday from the Gaza Strip caused fires in Israel, the Israel Fire Department said in a statement.

The firefighters confirmed that two fires broke out in the Eshkol area near the Gaza Strip, and they went to the place in the evening to put them out.

The same source quoted experts as saying that “incendiary balloons” caused the two fires.

Earlier on Saturday, a 12-year-old Palestinian died of wounds sustained during clashes a week ago near the fence separating the Jewish state and the Gaza Strip.

And last Saturday, forty Palestinians were injured by Israeli fire, according to the Gaza authorities, including a 32-year-old man who died on Wednesday.

A member of the Israeli security forces who was injured during the confrontations is still in a critical condition.

As a result, Israel launched air strikes on sites of the Hamas movement, which controls the besieged sector, and the Hebrew state holds it responsible for any action that affects its territory from there.

New clashes erupted Wednesday on the border between Gaza and Israel, but they were less violent than Saturday’s.

In the same context, several factions in Gaza called for demonstrations on Saturday evening in protest of the siege imposed by Israel on the Strip for nearly fifteen years.

The launching of incendiary balloons and Israeli fire responses have been repeated since May 21, when a ceasefire was announced that ended a military conflict between Israel and Hamas that lasted for eleven days and resulted in the deaths of 260 Palestinians, while 13 people were killed on the Israeli side, including a soldier.

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