IDF attacks in Gaza following riots, incendiary balloons – The Jerusalem Post
IDF spokesperson confirmed that IAF warcrafts struck Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip on Saturday night, following violent riots at the border with Israel.
An army base used by Hamas for training and weapon manufacture was targeted, as well as a tunnel near Jabalya, the IDF said in a statement.
The strikes were carried out in response to incendiary balloons that were sent into Israel from Gaza throughout the weekend and over the past several days, causing two fires on Saturday, and due to the violent riots on the border. Some 11 Palestinian protesters have been injured in clashes with the IDF at the sites of the protests, according to Palestinian media.
According to Gazan reports, Palestinians fired machine guns against IAF aircrafts, but the IDF statement did not comment. The reports also claimed that the IAF attacked a Hamas army post in Salah a-Din in the central region of the Gaza Strip using an unmanned aerial vehicle.
“Night Harassment Units” were gathering on its border with Israel at a point on the fence east of Gaza city at 8 p.m., though a relative calm ensued after approximately an hour. The riots reignited around midnight.
Hundreds of rioters gathered at the border, burned tires and threw explosives. IDF forces deployed and in the area responded with riot control munitions and Ruger riot-control sniper rifles, according to the IDF Spokesperson Unit.
The troops were reinforced by special forces and tank units, it added.
مشاركة لثائر في فعاليات الارباك شرق مدينة #غزة رغم بتر ساقه سابقاً من قبل الاحتلال.
“The period of calm [Israel] has experienced has passed, and it has to prepare for the sounds of our explosions. We will continue our popular movement until the complete lifting of the siege on the Gaza Strip,” the night units warned in a statement on Saturday.
Earlier in the day, two fires erupted in the settlements near the southern border in Israel as a result of incendiary balloons from the Strip. Incendiary balloons have been sent into Israel over the past several days, starting 10 fires on Tuesday after the IDF struck targets throughout Monday night.
The tensions remain high despite the easing of some restrictions on the Gaza Strip that came into effect on Wednesday, ahead of Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and US President Joe Biden’s meeting.