Israel Bombs Hamas Sites in Gaza Over Fire Balloons

TEL AVIV (Reuters) -
A firefighter works to extinguish a blaze caused by an incendiary device fired from the Gaza Strip. (Fire and Rescue Services)

Israeli warplanes bombed terrorist sites in Gaza in response to incendiary balloons launched from the enclave that caused brush fires in southern Israel.

There were no immediate reports of casualties in the airstrikes that targeted a weapons production facility and a rocket launch site belonging to Hamas.

Since an Egyptian-mediated ceasefire halted 11 days of Israel-Hamas fighting in May, Gaza terrorists have sporadically sent balloons carrying incendiary material into Israel.

Days before Saturday’s violence, Gaza terrorists launched a rocket toward Israel that was shot down by its Iron Dome antimissile system, in the first such attack since the May 21 ceasefire.

IDF troops came under fire during an arrest raid near the city of Shechem. A soldier opened fire on a suspect who was about to throw a large object at the forces from a rooftop, the IDF said, and “identified a hit.”