Israel strikes Gaza after incendiary balloon launch

Gaza city airstrikes
A Palestinian boy sleeps in the ruins of his family house that was destroyed in Israeli air strikes during the most recent Israeli-Palestinian fighting, in Gaza City, on July 2, 2021. (Photo: AFP)
GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories — Israeli occupation forces hit Gaza with air strikes on Friday in retaliation for incendiary balloon launches from the Palestinian enclave, in the latest unrest since a ceasefire ended May's conflict.اضافة اعلان

Security sources with Hamas said the strikes hit training sites. There were no injuries reported. 

On Thursday, Israel's fire service said that incendiary balloon launches from Gaza had sparked four minor fires in the southern Eshkol region, on the Gaza border. 

The blazes were "small and not dangerous" and were quickly brought under control, a statement from the fire service said.  

Eleven days of deadly fighting between Israel and Hamas, as well as other Palestinian groups based in the enclave, ended on May 21 with a ceasefire declaration. 

There have been multiple flare-ups since the ceasefire, including a series of balloon launches last month. Israeli occupation forces have responded with air strikes. 

The May conflict killed 260 Palestinians including some fighters, according to Gaza authorities.

In Israel, 13 people were killed, by rockets fired from Gaza.

Israel has maintained a crippling blockade on Gaza since 2007.