Israel launched air strikes over the Gaza Strip at dawn this Wednesday, as confirmed by security sources from the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, which governs the enclave.
The air offensive responds to the launch on Tuesday incendiary balloons by Hamas sympathizers on the other side of the border with Israel, in protest at the celebration of the “Parade of Flags”, a ultranationalist march Israeli for Jerusalem.
The same sources specified that drones reconnaissance units without a pilot from the Israeli Army flew over the coastal enclave around midnight and then various explosions in the southern and central Gaza Strip.
The missile attacks, Hamas and eyewitnesses confirmed, targeted military installations who belong to the al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of that Islamic movement, without any casualties having yet been reported.
“During the last day, incendiary balloons were launched from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory. In response, a short time ago, Israeli Defense Forces fighter jets attacked military compounds of the terrorist organization Hamas, which were used as facilities. and meeting places for terrorist operations, “the Israeli Army reported shortly after in a statement.
Ready for “any scenario”
The Israeli Army blamed Hamas for “all the events that occurred” in the enclave, and assured that it is prepared for “any scenario, including resumption of hostilities in the face of continued terrorist activities in the Strip. “
Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip are the first since May 21, when a “mutual, simultaneous and unconditional” truce came into force that put an end to a military escalation that lasted for eleven days and ended with 255 dead in the enclave and 13 in Israel.
According to the Israeli authorities, the launching of incendiary balloons on Tuesday caused more than 25 fires in southern Israel, causing no injuries or great damage.
Palestinian Resistance organizations thus responded to the celebration of that controversial march on Tuesday afternoon through the streets of East Jerusalem, which for the ultranationalists commemorates the reunification of the city in 1967 under Israeli sovereignty, while for the Palestinians it marks the start of the occupation in East Jerusalem, where part of the parade circulated.
The “March of the Flags” is usually celebrated every May 10, Jerusalem Day, but this year it had to be suspended when the anti-aircraft alarms went off in East Jerusalem that day because Hamas undertook the rocket launch towards Israel, which unleashed after weeks in which the tension was heating the last military escalation, the worst since 2014.