Israel is targeting a civilian administration building, sites belonging to Palestinian armed groups, and an agricultural field, sources said.
Israeli fighter jets have launched a series of airstrikes in the Gaza Strip for the second time since a ceasefire ceased during the 11-day war last month.
Palestinian sources on the ground said Israeli missiles on Thursday attacked several sites belonging to armed groups in northwestern Gaza City and north of Beit Lahia in the besieged territory.
A civil administration building was also headed east of Jabaliya in the north, as well as an agricultural field east of the southern city of Khan Younis. No casualties were reported.
– Ghazzawi Ehabhelou (@Ehabhelou) June 17, 2021
Translation: The time when civil administration work was headed east of Jabaliya, northern Gaza
Following the airstrikes, Fawzi Barhoum, a spokesman for Hamas, the group that runs the Strip, said in a statement that “the bombing of the occupation of the resistance is a demonstration of the new Israeli government.” reference to the administration approved on Sunday by the Israeli parliament, with right-wing nationalist Naftali Bennett sworn in as prime minister.
“The resistance will be pending the defense of our people, our people and our sacred places,” the statement added.
Hamas-owned Aqsa TV reported that an Israeli drone was shot down west of Gaza City.
There have also been reports that Hamas was opening fire with heavy machine guns at Israel, prompting the sirens of airstrikes to sound.
Israeli media reported that the army attacked Hamas targets inside the Gaza Strip in response to the continued launch of incendiary balloons by activists in the territory.
According to Israel, Palestinian fighters have launched balloons for a third day in a row. Balloons are basic devices designed to set fire to farmland and bushes near the Gaza border.
In a statement, the military said it would “continue to destroy Hamas’ military capabilities and structures and hold it responsible for what is happening in the Gaza Strip.”
On Thursday, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke with Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid to discuss security issues and “the ongoing challenges for Israel and the region.”
“The secretary discussed the U.S. commitment to Israel’s security, the importance of the US-Israel bilateral relationship, and the need to improve Israeli-Palestinian relations in a practical way,” the State Department spokesman said. United States State Ned Price in a statement.
“Secretary Blinken and Minister Lapid stressed the strong partnership between the United States and Israel and America’s unwavering support for Israel’s security,” the statement added.
On Wednesday, Israel also carried out airstrikes, targeting what are said to be Hamas facilities.
At least 257 Palestinians, including 66 children, were killed during the 11-day bombing of the Gaza Strip last month.
On the Israeli side, 13 people, including two children, were killed by rockets fired from Gaza.