Israeli fires on Hamas targets after incendiary balloon damages home

Marcy Oster

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Israel Defense Forces struck several Hamas targets in Gaza in response to explosive balloons sent from Gaza that damaged a home in southern Israel.

The home was damaged on Wednesday when a bunch of balloons carrying an explosive device blew up in the air next to the house.

Palestinians in Gaza last year began sending balloons and kites carrying incendiary devices into Israel, damaging thousands of acres of farmland and woodland. They stopped at the end of 2018, but began again earlier this month, sparking more fires and damaging property, along with an uptick in Palestinians protesting at the border between Israel and Gaza.

Several Hamas posts in southern Gaza were hit, according to reports.