Middle East

Israel carries out airstrikes on Gaza Strip

Israeli army attacks besieged enclave for first time since cease-fire reached on May 21

Mustafa M. M. Haboush,Safiye Karabacak   | 16.06.2021
Israel carries out airstrikes on Gaza Strip Flames are seen after an Israeli air strike hit Hamas targets in Gaza City, Gaza on June 15, 2021. ( Ali Jadallah - Anadolu Agency )

GAZA CITY, Palestine

Israeli warplanes carried out airstrikes early Wednesday on positions in the Gaza Strip belonging to the Palestinian resistance group Hamas. 

The Israeli army said in a statement that it targeted Hamas compounds, including in the al-Yarmouk area east of Khan Younis city.

It also bombed a position in the Zeitoun neighborhood.

The Palestinian Health Ministry has not provided any information on whether there are any casualties.

- First attack since cease-fire

The Israeli army also said in its statement that the airstrike was carried out in response to the sending of incendiary balloons from Gaza into southern Israel.

The airstrikes were the first since a cease-fire was reached between Israel and Hamas on May 21.

An Egyptian-brokered truce that took effect in the early hours of May 21 ended Israel’s 11-day bombardment of the Gaza Strip.

The Israeli attacks in Gaza and the West Bank killed at least 289 people, including women and children, and left behind a trail of destruction. Health centers and media offices as well as schools were among the structures targeted.

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