Israel targets Palestinians launching 'fire balloons' from Gaza

US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman attends the 6th Global Forum for Combating Anti Semitism in Jerusalem

US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman attends the 6th Global Forum for Combating Anti Semitism in Jerusalem

Israeli police asks residents of the settlements located at a distance of several kilometers from the border of the Gaza strip, not to approach suspicious objects and immediately report by telephone 100 of their detection. The IDF confirmed that at least three rockets were launched from Gaza, with two landing inside Israeli territory and one falling inside the Strip.

In the predawn hours of Sunday, the air force also bombed a auto that the army said belonged to one of the leaders of the Gazan kite and balloon attacks.

The Israeli military on Sunday continued its effort to thwart ongoing cross-border kite bomb and incendiary balloon attacks being conducted by Palestinian terrorists in the Gaza Strip. The IDF's intelligence and operational capabilities will allow it to increase these strikes as necessary.

The army said it first fired a warning shot near the Palestinians who were launching the balloons toward Israel.

The Israeli army said in a statement it hit two alleged observation positions belonging to the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas. Israel says it holds Hamas responsible for the fires.

On Sunday, an Israeli aircraft fired at a group of Palestinians who were launching arson balloons in the southern Gaza Strip as well as infrastructure from which the group had been operating and a vehicle they had been using.

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Senior Israeli military officials are reportedly concerned that a heavy-handed response to the incendiary devices could spark an escalation.

The kites and balloons have torched an estimated 2,500 acres of agricultural land resulting in millions of dollars in damages.

A video filmed by Israeli rights group B'Tselem in 2016 showing an Israeli soldier shoot dead an incapacitated Palestinian assailant drew global condemnation and led to the soldier's conviction for manslaughter in a highly divisive trial. No Israelis have been killed.

Israel says any such return would mean the end of it as a Jewish state and accuses Gaza's Islamist rulers Hamas of using protesters as human shields.

The resolution blamed Israel for the recent deaths of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and urged the worldwide community to consider protection for Palestinian civilians.

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