IAF bombs Hamas targets in response to arson attacks

August 24, 2021 by Aryeh Savir - TPS
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Israeli Air Force (IAF) fighters bombed several Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip on Monday night in response to arson balloons attacks on Israel’s south earlier today.

An Israeli Air Force Jet.
Credit: Maj. Ofer via Wikimedia Common

Gaza-based terrorists launched incendiary balloons into several areas in southern Israel, igniting over 10 fires. No one was injured in the attacks.

In response, the IAF hit Hamas targets, including a weapons manufacturing site in Khan Yunis, a rocket launching site situated right near a school, and a terror tunnel entrances in Jabaliya.

During the strikes, terrorists fired with machine guns at Israeli territory. In response, IDF fighter jets returned and attacked a Hamas terrorist tunnel shaft in Khan Yunis.

“The attack was carried out in response to the launching of incendiary balloons into Israeli territory, which proved once again that the Hamas terrorist organization continues to lead and degenerate the Gaza Strip into a terrorist policy,” the IDF stated.

The IDF “will continue to respond strongly to terrorist attempts and considers the Hamas terrorist organization to be responsible for everything that happens in the Gaza Strip,” it said.

Monday’s attacks occurred after Gazans rioted on the border with Israel on Saturday, violent clashes in which an Israeli soldier was critically wounded, and after Gazan terrorist launched two rockets at the city of Sderot a week ago, an attack to which Israel did not respond.

Hamas has stated it will step up its attacks on Israel with the objective of pressuring it into accepting its demands regarding the entry of goods into Gaza, the “lifting of the siege” on the enclave, and the payment of Qatari funds to its employees.

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