IAF Bombs Hamas Targets in Response to Rocket Attack, Booby-Trapped Balloons
Israeli Air Force (IAF) fighters on Sunday night bombed Hamas terror targets in the Gaza Strip in response to several attacks on Israel earlier in the day.
Gaza-based terrorists launched a rocket and several balloons tied to explosive charges into Israel. The projectiles and explosive charges landed in open spaces, causing no injuries or damage.
In response, IAF planes struck several Hamas military targets and a training compound in the southern Strip.
“The Hamas terror organization is responsible for what is happening in and out of the Gaza Strip and it will bear the consequences for actions against Israeli citizens,” the IDF stated.
The exchange of fire has become routine in recent days, and Gaza based terrorists have fired eight rockets at Israel in the past week and some 20 in the past several weeks.
Balloons attached to explosive charges launched by terrorists from Gaza continued to land at several locations in Israel’s south and at other locations, over three weeks that Israel has been contending with this threat.
The explosive and flammable balloon attacks have returned to haunt Israel’s residents in the south in the past weeks after several months in which such attacks from Gaza ceased.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Naftali Bennett on Sunday issued stern warnings to Hamas following the escalation in attacks on Israel emanating from the Strip in recent weeks.
Netanyahu stated at the beginning of the weekly Cabinet meeting on Sunday that Israel is “prepared to take devastating action against the terrorist organizations in Gaza. Our actions are very strong and they have not yet ended, to put it mildly.”
Bennett held a situation assessment at the IDF’s Gaza Division headquarters, during which he warned that Hamas’ “reckless conduct is bringing us closer to deadly action against them.”
“We will not announce when or where. The action will be very different from its predecessors, no one will be immune,” he threatened.