Following further terror-balloons released with improvised explosive devices attached to explode in southern Israel, the IDF targeted Hamas surveillance positions.
IDF tanks and jets struck a number of Hamas surveillance assets in Gaza Strip, the Army’s spokesperson said Thursday.
The strikes were launched in retaliation for incendiary balloon launches from the restive Palestinian enclaves.
Earlier today, we identified fire from #Gaza at an IDF observation antenna as well as explosive balloons that were launched from #Gaza into #Israel.
In response, we just targeted a number of Hamas observation posts used to collect intelligence.
— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) January 30, 2020
Earlier in the day, red alert sirens went off in a Gaza border community in Israel’s south, with the IDF saying that the alert had not been triggered by incoming projectiles.
Some of the initial reports on social media suggested it might have been triggered instead by an explosion of an IED attached to a batch of balloons that landed in the area earlier.
Balloon bomb attacks have been reported across Israel’s south for the last few days, with tensions rising amid the grand reveal of US President Donald Trump’s Middle East plan.
Earlier tonight, a rocket & explosive balloons were launched from #Gaza into #Israel.
In response, IDF aircraft just struck Hamas targets in Gaza, including a weapons manufacturing site & underground infrastructure.
— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) January 29, 2020
In one of the cases, the IED was planted on a soccer ball in an apparent hope for casualties among children.
Incendiary and explosive devices delivered by balloon batches or kites have now long been one of the staple weapons for the Gaza terror groups.
They can take a toll on the crops if landing — and causing a fire — in farmlands or lead to innocents dying if found by children.
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