Israel launches retaliatory airstrikes on Gaza Strip

Israel launches retaliatory airstrikes on Gaza Strip after arson balloons
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Putting an end to last month’s ceasefire, Israel on Wednesday launched airstrikes on the Gaza Strip. Israeli air force responded to the militants in the Palestinian territory after they sent incendiary balloons into southern Israel.

The airstrikes and balloons mark the first major flare-up between Israel and Gaza since deadly fighting in May. It had claimed 260 Palestinians, as per the Gaza authorities. Also, 13 people were killed in Israel.

As per the Palestinian sources, Israel’s air force targeted at least one site east of the southern Gaza city of Khan Younes.

The airstrikes come as a response to the ‘arson balloons’ from the Palestinian side. Israel’s fighter jets struck military compounds belonging to Hamas.

Wednesday’s airstrikes remain Israel’s first retaliation against Gaza since the new coalition government came to power. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

The incendiary balloons were sent after more than a thousand ultranationalist demonstrators poured into Jerusalem’s flashpoint Old City on Tuesday.

Moreover, the US and UN had called for a restraint before this march. This march marks the anniversary of Jerusalem’s re-unification after Israel captured east Jerusalem from Jordan in 1967 and annexed it.

The 49-year-old Bennett of the right-wing Yamina party took the oath of office after parliament (Knesset) voted on the new government led by him. The new government has 27 ministers and nine of them women.

Expressing his firm intent to deepen cooperation between the US and Israel, the leaders agreed to consult closely on all matters relating to regional security.

Earlier this month, Israeli planes arrived from Lebanese air space, exploding in Damascus. These airstrikes from Israel targeted an area close to Damascus‘s international airport. They also targeted a Syrian air force battalion in the Dumayr region.

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