The Israeli Air Forces bombed a military base of the Palestinian Islamist organization Hamas located in Gaza on Sunday night, in response to incendiary balloons previously launched this Sunday into Israeli territory, reports Europa Press.
“In response to the incendiary balloons launched into Israel, we attacked a Hamas military base that contained infrastructure and means used to terrorist activities “, reported the Israel Defense Forces on their social media.
Said base was near civilian sites in Gaza, including a school.
The Israeli army claimed that will continue to “respond” to “any terrorist attempt” launched by Hamas militias.
Reduction of the fishing area
In addition, Israel also decided to reduce “with immediate effect” the fishing zone in the Gaza Strip. from twelve to six nautical miles, as retaliation for the launching of incendiary balloons from the enclave into Israeli territory, according to the Army, reports Efe.
“The decision was made due to the continued launching of incendiary balloons from the Gaza Strip into Israel, which constitutes a violation of Israeli sovereignty “, COGAT, the Israeli military body that manages civil affairs in Palestinian territory, said in a statement.
The launching of incendiary balloons from Gaza, something that happens with some frequency, provoked this Sunday three fires, according to the Israeli fire service, although they did not cause great damage.
Less and less space
The Israeli Army decided a month ago to expand the fishing area in the coastal enclave – where more than two million Palestinians live – from 6 to 12 nautical miles by improving the security situation in the region, after the eleven days of military escalation in May between Israeli troops and Palestinian militias in Gaza, which left 260 dead in the Strip and 13 in Israel.
Before the escalation, the authorized fishing zone had been extended to 15 nautical miles in the Gaza Strip, which since 2007 has been de facto ruled by Hamas and blockaded by Israel by land, sea and air.