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Israel strikes in Gaza after arson attacks Israel strikes in Gaza after arson attacks
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Images showed smoke and fire as strikes hit in Gaza CityImages showed smoke and fire as strikes hit in Gaza City
Israel says it has launched air strikes against Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip, after incendiary balloons were launched from the territory.Israel says it has launched air strikes against Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip, after incendiary balloons were launched from the territory.
Explosions were heard in Gaza City in the early hours of Wednesday.Explosions were heard in Gaza City in the early hours of Wednesday.
Several balloons, designed to cause fires, were sent from Gaza into Israel earlier on Tuesday. Several balloons were sent from Gaza into Israel earlier on Tuesday, which caused multiple fires, according to the Israeli fire service.
It is the first major flare-up since a ceasefire on 21 May ended 11 days of fighting between the two sides. It is the first major flare-up since 11 days of fighting between the two sides ended in a ceasefire on 21 May.
It followed a march by Jewish nationalists in occupied East Jerusalem on Tuesday, which had drawn threats from Hamas, the militant group that runs Gaza.
In a statement, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said its fighter jets had hit military compounds operated by Hamas in Khan Yunis and Gaza City.In a statement, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said its fighter jets had hit military compounds operated by Hamas in Khan Yunis and Gaza City.
It said "terrorist activity" took place in the compound, and that the IDF was "prepared for all scenarios, including the resumption of hostilities, in the face of continued terror acts from the Gaza Strip." It said "terrorist activity" took place in the compound, and that the IDF was "prepared for all scenarios, including the resumption of hostilities, in the face of continued terror acts from the Gaza Strip".
It is not immediately clear if the air strikes have caused any injuries.It is not immediately clear if the air strikes have caused any injuries.
A BBC journalist in Gaza has shared a video on social media, saying that Israeli drones can be heard in skies over the territory. The BBC's Rushdi Abualouf in Gaza has shared a video on social media, saying that Israeli drones could be heard in the sky over the territory.
The sound of #Israeli military drones can be heard , state of fear in #Gaza tonight as the Israeli airstrikes have renewed, Israeli warplanes attacked 2 #Hamas military sites in response to sending incendiary balloons that caused fires in southern #Israel. pic.twitter.com/yrTWikmiMXThe sound of #Israeli military drones can be heard , state of fear in #Gaza tonight as the Israeli airstrikes have renewed, Israeli warplanes attacked 2 #Hamas military sites in response to sending incendiary balloons that caused fires in southern #Israel. pic.twitter.com/yrTWikmiMX
Israel's fire service said the incendiary balloons launched earlier from Gaza had caused at least 20 fires in fields by communities in southern Israel.Israel's fire service said the incendiary balloons launched earlier from Gaza had caused at least 20 fires in fields by communities in southern Israel.
Hamas earlier threatened to take action over an Israeli nationalist march on Tuesday through occupied east Jerusalem.
Ahead of the march, local media reported that the Israeli military was on heightened alert. It also said Iron Dome missile defence batteries had been deployed to counter possible Palestinian rocket fire.