Israel strikes Gaza in retaliation for fire balloons

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Israel strikes Gaza in retaliation for fire balloons
GAZA CITY: Israeli jets launched air strikes on Gaza overnight from Thursday (Jun 17) to Friday after militants in the Palestinian territory again set off incendiary balloons into southern Israel, the army and AFP journalists said.
 
The fire balloons and air strikes are the latest violence heaping pressure on a fragile ceasefire between Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers that came into place on May 21, ending 11 days of heavy fighting.
 
"Over the past day, arson balloons were launched from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory," Israel's military said in a statement.
 
"In response ... fighter jets struck military compounds and a rocket launch site belonging to the Hamas terror organisation."
 
AFP journalists in the Palestinian enclave also reported hearing explosions, which the army said hit sites in both Gaza City and in Khan Yunis, in the south of Gaza, home to about two million people.
 
Soon after the strikes, Hamas militants opened fire with heavy machines guns towards the Jewish state, as Israeli warning air raid sirens rang out.
 
Palestinian militants in Gaza launched balloons for a third day running on Thursday, according to Israeli firefighters battling the blazes sparked by the devices.
 
The balloons are basic devices intended to set fire to farmland and bush surrounding Gaza.
 
Source: CNA

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