JERUSALEM: Israel's military confirmed on Sunday it struck a military base of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) in the Gaza Strip, hours after arson balloons were launched into southern Israel, as per reports.
An Israeli military spokesperson said that fighter jets attacked the Hamas base which contained "infrastructure and means used for terror activity.” The base was located near civilian sites, including a school, the spokesperson said. The strikes were made in response to the arson balloons fired toward Israeli territory," the statement added.
Israel's Fire Department said that the balloons, which were attached with incendiary materials, sparked three fires in southern Israel, causing no injuries. The Israeli military warned it will "continue to respond firmly against terror attempts from the Gaza Strip".
The decision was made in the wake of launching incendiary balloons from Gaza toward the Israeli territory, which constitutes a "violation" of Israeli sovereignty, Chief of the Israeli Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories Ghassan Alian said. He added that "it will remain in effect until further notice". The latest violence came amid the Egyptian-brokered efforts to establish a long-term ceasefire between Israel and Hamas. Also on Sunday, Israel reduced the allowed Gaza offshore fishing zone from 12 nautical miles to six.