IDF Hits Gaza Targets in Latest Response to Arson Kites
Written by Yona Schnitzer/TPS on June 18, 2018
The IDF attacked nine Hamas terror targets in the northern Gaza Strip early Monday morning, in response to the recent instances of fire kites and explosive balloons being sent over the border, setting fire to hundreds of dunams of Gaza Belt farmland. The targets attacked include two military compounds and a munitions manufacturing site belonging to hamas.
Following the IDF’s attack, three rockets were fired from Gaza into Israel, though no damage was noted.
“Moments ago, IAF fighter jets struck nine military targets in two military compounds and in a munition manufacturing site belonging to the Hamas terror organization in the northern Gaza Strip. The strikes were conducted in response to arson and explosive kites and balloons that have been launched into Israel,” the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said in a statement. “These are terrorist acts that endanger Israeli residents living in southern Israel and damage extensive areas in Israeli territory.”
According to the IDF, the attack carried out consisted of warning shots fired near groups responsible for the fire kites, as well as the destruction of infrastructure used by those groups.
“The IDF’s intelligence and operational capabilities will allow it to increase these strikes as necessary. The IDF is determined to continue to act with increasing intensity against these acts of terror as long as required, using the variety of tools at its disposal,” the IDF statement read, adding that “the Hamas terror organization is accountable for all violence emanating from the Gaza Strip and it will bear the consequences.”