Israeli warplanes struck Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip early on Saturday morning in response to the launch of airborne incendiary devices into Israeli territory, the Israeli military reported. These truly evil acts of destruction were initiated by terror organization Hamas, aiming to destroy Israel’s economy by turning their fields and lands to ash. Now and always, Israel never lets acts of aggression against her people go unpunished. Responding swiftly to the arson balloons sent from Gaza, the Israel Defense Forces targeted and struck a weapons-manufacturing facility and a rocket-launching site, according to a spokesperson from the Israel Defense Forces.
During the attack, carried out by the Israel Air Force, small-arms fire was directed from Gaza at nearby Israeli towns and settlements, according to Kan News.
The Israeli air strikes came after the third consecutive day of fires in the southwestern lands of Israel. Also known as the Negev, the region’s recent conflagrations were sparked by arson attacks from Gaza, according to several news outlets. The fires were quickly extinguished by firefighters, aided by the Jewish National Fund: Keren Kayemeth LeYisrael, which maintains its own firefighting services.
The fires were the first since mid-June, when incendiary devices launched from Gaza ignited a total of 26 conflagrations in southern Israel. Hamas claimed it had launched the June attack in response to the Jerusalem Day flag march in Jerusalem on June 15. In response, the Israeli Air Force attacked Hamas targets in Gaza. On Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett addressed the ongoing arson attacks at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting.
“I reiterate: Things have changed. Israel is interested in quiet and we have no interest in harming the residents of Gaza; however, violence, balloons, marches and harassment will be met with a sharp response,” he said.
Bennett’s remarks echoed those he made on June 20, during a memorial service for soldiers who fell during 2014’s “Operation Protective Edge.” Israel’s “patience has run out,” he said, adding, “Our enemies will have to learn the rules: We will not suffer violence, will not tolerate ‘trickles’ [of attacks], will not countenance or be understanding of incitement.”