Another round of escalation between the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) and Palestinian forces have taken place in the area of the Gaza Strip.
Early on June 20, warplanes of the Israeli Air Force carried out strikes on three military facilities allegedly belonging to the Hamas movement in the southern part of Gaza.
The IDF described these strikes as a response to “the repeated launching of incendiary kites and balloons with explosive devices attached to them from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory”.
Hamas fighters responded to the strieks launching over 45 rockets and mortars at Israeli targets. According to the Israeli side, 7 of the projectiles were intercepted by the Iron Dome system. The IDF also claimed that all the Hamas strikes were aimed at “civilian” targets. The Palestinain side says that this claim is untrue.
Following the Hamas’ retaliation, the IDF carried out more strikes on alleged Hamas targets in Gaza. In total, the IDF carried out 22 targets in Gaza.
The situation remains tense.