Israel said this was a response to the launch of “burning balloons” from Gaza, and no casualties were reported during the attack.
Israel said its fighter jets attacked an arms manufacturing base in the Gaza Strip on Friday night, the latest unrest since the ceasefire ended the May attacks.
Security sources in Hamas said that the attack hit the training ground and there were no reports of casualties.
An Israeli military spokesman stated that the airstrike was in response to the launch of burning balloons from the Gaza Strip to surrounding Israeli settlements.
“In response to the arson balloon launched into Israeli territory today, [military] Fighters attacked…weapons manufacturing bases belonging to the Hamas terrorist organization,” the statement said.
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There is no indication as to which Gaza organization is responsible for the balloon launch, but Israel believes that Hamas is responsible for any actions.
This is Israel’s third air strike in Gaza since its 11-day offensive in the blocked area of Gaza ended in May this year.
According to the Gaza authorities, the conflict caused the death of at least 256 Palestinians, including 66 children.
The police and army said that in Israel, 13 people, including two children, were killed by rockets fired from Gaza.
Egypt and international mediators have been working to support an informal ceasefire to end the recent war.
In recent days, Israel has eased restrictions on Qatar-funded fuel, expanded fishing areas in Gaza, and allowed increased cross-border trade.
There have been multiple outbreaks since the ceasefire, including a series of balloon launches last month. Israel responded with air strikes.
After the exchange of fire on June 18, the Chief of Staff of the Israeli Army ordered the troops to prepare for “all situations including the resumption of hostilities.”
Since 2007, the Gaza Strip has been under Israeli and Egyptian blockades. The democratically elected Hamas the previous year controlled the coastal enclaves.
At least 2 million people — half of whom are under the age of 18 — live in this territory, which is one of the most densely populated areas in the world and has extremely poor humanitarian conditions.