August 07, 2021 – 10:02
Israeli military planes attacked two targets in the Gaza Strip on August 7 in response to the release of balloons by the militants a day earlier.
The Israeli military said the attacks had blocked a “Hamas military compound” and a balloon launch site.
On August 6, an agricultural area in Israel, near the Gaza Strip, came under fire after militants fired flame balloons. No casualties were reported.
The balloon launches came after the Israeli army attacked Lebanon in response to a rocket attack by Hezbollah, an ally of Hamas.
Israel and Hamas reached a ceasefire on May 21 after an 11-day war. Palestinian militants have since fired balloons into Israeli territory, causing fires.
The Palestinians say the balloons are intended to put pressure on Israel to ease restrictions on the coastal enclave that were imposed during the May fighting.
The 365-square-kilometer Gaza Strip is home to some 2 million Palestinians. A blockade imposed by Israel has imposed restrictions on the movement of people and goods for years.
Gaza is controlled by Hamas, an organization declared terrorist by Israel, the US, the European Union and a number of other countries. / rel