SAWT BEIRUT INTERNATIONAL

| 19 September 2021, Sunday |

Israel launches airstrikes against Gaza after incendiary balloon attacks

Israeli Army said that they fired airstrikes against Gaza on Monday night retaliating after incendiary balloons launched from the blockaded Palestinian enclave had started fires.

The Israeli army blamed Hamas for the balloons, and said it had targeted locations belonging to the group that controls the Gaza Strip.

“Overnight, IDF fighter jets struck a Hamas rocket manufacturing workshop, as well as a Hamas military compound in Khan Yunis,” the Israeli army said in a statement.

“The strikes were in response to Hamas launching incendiary balloons into Israeli territory,” the statement added.

Witnesses said that the army had also launched artillery at the north of Gaza.

There were no fatalities recorded, according to medical sources in the Palestinian enclave.

Earlier in the day, Israeli firefighters had said that incendiary balloons had caused three bushfires at sites close to the Gaza Strip.

Launching the makeshift devices is a common tactic of Hamas members in Gaza, which Israel has blockaded for nearly 15 years.

Israel frequently responds with airstrikes.

Monday’s strikes come after six Palestinians broke out of an Israeli prison earlier in the day through a tunnel, triggering a massive manhunt.