Israel bombed targets in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip. The attack was in response to an incendiary balloon attack.
Gaza / Tel Aviv – In response to arson attacks by Palestinian militants, Israel’s army has attacked targets in the Gaza Strip. According to the AFP, fighter jets bombed an open space in the northern Gaza Strip and a training facility for fighters of the radical Islamic Hamas * in southern Chan Junis.
The military base near a school was used for terrorist activities, according to the Israeli army. Israel accuses Hamas of targeting civilians. There were initially no reports of injuries. Israel has not yet commented on the air strikes.
Israel fires at Hama bases: fire brigade extinguishes fires caused by fire balloons
From the Gaza Strip, militant Palestinians repeatedly let balloons loaded with explosives and incendiary devices fly to Israel. The Israeli fire brigade said it had extinguished three bush fires in the Eshkol region near the Gaza Strip on Sunday that were triggered by such fire balloons.
In response to the new attacks, Israel had already restricted the fishing zone off the Gaza Strip on Sunday. According to the competent authority, it has been reduced from twelve nautical miles (around 22 kilometers) to six nautical miles (around 11 kilometers).
Israel in negotiations with Hamas: no interest in escalation
Israel had an eleven-day exchange of blows with Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip in May. According to the Ministry of Health, 255 people died in Gaza. According to official information, there were 13 deaths in Israel. Egypt eventually brokered a ceasefire.
Israel and Hamas are now in indirect negotiations. Among other things, this involves easing the blockade of the Gaza Strip and a possible exchange of prisoners. the daily News reports that Israel almost always attacks unmanned targets during this phase. Hamas is also currently not interested in a major escalation and – unlike in May – is not firing rockets at Israeli cities. (mhof / dpa / afp) *merkur.de is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA