Israel Launches Airstrike After Incendiary Balloons Launched by Hamas

The Israeli military said on Wednesday that fighter jets struck Hamas compounds in the Gaza Strip after incendiary balloons were launched into Israel.

Israel’s fire department said it had responded to 20 fires on Tuesday caused by “arson balloons.”

There were no reports of casualties.

Video footage released by The Associated Press showed masked Palestinians in Gaza launching incendiary balloons toward Israel on Tuesday. NBC News could not independently verify the footage.

The AP said the video of Palestinians launching the balloons was shot ahead of a planned march by right-wing Israelis in Jerusalem. Incendiary balloon units in Gaza also said Tuesday that they were ready to respond to “attacks in Jerusalem” that coincided with the march.

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