Tel Aviv, June 16 (Agency) Israeli authorities said on Wednesday that its security forces carried out air strikes in Gaza overnight after Palestinians launched incendiary balloons from the territory, in the first major flare-up since an 11-day conflict last month. According to the Israeli military it targeted compounds belonging to Hamas, the Palestinian militant group that controls Gaza.
The incendiary balloons sparked 20 fires in southern Israel on Tuesday. Hamas said the balloons were a response to a march by Israeli nationalists in occupied East Jerusalem. There were no casualties on either side and calm had been restored by Wednesday morning.