Israel carries out another air raid on besieged Gaza Strip

GAZA STRIP

The Israeli warplanes have carried out another overnight raid on Palestinian resistance positions in the besieged Gaza Strip after claiming incendiary balloons were launched from the Palestinian enclave.

The Israeli army claims it struck a “weapons manufacturing site and a rocket launcher belonging to Hamas” late on Saturday.

According to local sources, fighter jets struck the facilities south of Gaza City, with no immediate reports of casualties.

There was no immediate indication as to which Gaza-based group was responsible for the balloon launch, but Israel holds Hamas responsible for any action.

Israel retaliated early tonight with airstrikes, which the army said struck “a weapons manufacturing site” belonging to Hamas.

The latest attack comes just months after the Israeli military launched an 11-day bombardment campaign on the already ravaged enclave, killing at least 260 Palestinians, including 66 children.

Today’s overnight raid was one of the dozens of times Israel carried out air attacks in Gaza since the May offensive, which ended in an Egyptian-brokered “ceasefire” on May 21.

Though Israel eased restrictions last month to allow some much-needed aid into the Palestinian enclave, it has maintained a 14-year crippling land, air, and sea blockade.

The UN has dubbed Gaza an “open-air prison” with residents enduring extreme poverty amid conditions that have worsened since the coronavirus pandemic.