Israeli raid on Gaza: it is the third time since the ceasefire in May
Israel said it hit a Hamas weapons factory last night in the third Israeli raid on the Gaza Strip since the ceasefire agreement that last May ended the worst conflict between the Jewish state and Gaza since 2014.
The Israeli army said the airstrike was conducted in response to the launch of incendiary balloons from the Strip, hitting a Hamas weapons factory. The Palestinian Islamic movement, on the other hand, said that training sites were hit, adding that no injuries were reported.
This is the first Israeli raid on the Palestinian enclave in the past two weeks, after Israel responded to fireballs in June by hitting several Hamas targets in the Strip.
The launch of balloons from Gaza resumed yesterday, causing four fires near Israel’s southern border, without causing significant damage.
Before coming to the head of the Israeli government on 13 June in the place of Benjamin Netanyahu, in recent years the new Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has long argued the need to respond to incendiary balloons with the same firmness reserved for the launch of rockets.
On June 18, after an exchange of attacks, the Israeli chief of staff ordered the forces to be ready “for a variety of scenarios including a resumption of hostilities”, less than a month after the ceasefire reached on 21. May.
During the 11 days of Israeli bombing of the Gaza Strip in May, 256 Palestinians lost their lives, including 66 children. During the same period, 13 Israelis, including two children, died as a result of the launch of missiles from Gaza.
In recent days, Israel has eased some of the restrictions imposed on the Strip, allowing the entry of fuel and extending the area where Palestinian fishermen are allowed to operate.
Israel withdrew from the Gaza Strip in 2005 after occupying it during the 1967 Six Day War. Since 2007, when the Islamic movement Hamas took control of the Strip, it has imposed a blockade on the territory which is home to some 2 million. people, of which 80 percent receive humanitarian aid.