Published: 2021-06-16 06:06
Last Updated: 2021-07-25 00:30
Overnight, the Israeli Occupation Air Force launched air strikes targeting several sites in the Gaza Strip.
Palestinian security sources said that Israeli Occupation warplanes bombed two training sites belonging to the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, one in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip and the other south of Gaza City.
No injuries were immediately reported as a result of these raids.
The Israeli Occupation army announced in a statement that its fighters "has attacked a short time ago on military compounds belonging to Hamas, which were used as camps and meeting sites for terrorist operatives in Khan Yunis and the Gaza Brigade."
The statement explained that the raids came "in response to the launching of incendiary balloons from the Gaza Strip towards Israeli territory," blaming Hamas, which controls the Strip, "the responsibility for what is happening inside the Gaza Strip."
In its statement, the Israeli Occupation army warned that it was "prepared for all scenarios, including renewed fighting, in the face of the continuation of terrorist acts."
Hazem Qassem, spokesman for Hamas in Gaza, said that the Israeli Occupation bombing is a "failed attempt to stop our people's solidarity and resistance with the Holy City, and to cover up the unprecedented state of confusion for the Zionist establishment in organizing the so-called march of flags."
The raids on Gaza came after the end of the "Flags March," in which more than 1,000 Zionists paraded through Occupied East Jerusalem, provoking clashes.
The new Israeli Occupation government headed by Naftali Bennett decided to allow the march to take place, just two days after it won the confidence of the Knesset, but modified its course to avoid any clashes with Palestinians.
Wednesday night, Hamas said that "the courageous stances of the Palestinian resistance and its decisive decisions are what forced the Israeli occupation to change the course of the so-called march of flags away from the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque."
The airstrikes follow a bloody May, in which the Israeli Occupation killed over 260 Palestinians in Gaza, including dozens of children.