The attack was carried out in response to 20 fires sparked because of incendiary balloons launched earlier in the day on the territory of Israel.
“Fighter jets recently attacked Hamas military complexes that served as camps and meeting places for terrorist operatives in the Khan Yunis and Gaza brigades,” the military said“
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The IDF is prepared for all scenarios, including the resumption of hostilities, in the face of continued terrorist acts from the Gaza Strip,” said the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit in a statement.
A number of fires broke out in southern Israel on June 14, with at least 20 fires sparked by incendiary balloons launched from Gaza. Earlier in the day, Palestinian media published photos of terrorists preparing such balloons to launch towards Israel.
Meanwhile, three Gazans were arrested by the IDF after they crossed the Gaza border fence into Israel, according to Palestinian reports.
The attack was carried out amid the flag march in Israel. Iron Dome anti-missile defense system were also reinforced ahead of the march, amid threats by Hamas in recent days and weeks.
After Operation Guardian of the Walls in mid-May, Gantz warned that Israel would respond forcefully to any act of aggression against Israel.
On June 15 evening, Defense Minister Benny Gantz held a situation assessment with IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi, Shin Bet head Nadav Argaman, IDF Intelligence Directorate head Maj.-Gen. Tamir Heiman, IDF intelligence analysis chief Brig.-Gen. Amit Saar and Defense Ministry Policy and Political-Military Bureau head Zohar Palti.
No further information about the meeting was released in the statement by Gantz’s office.
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has also made statements warning that incendiary balloons would be treated like rockets and their launch would result in Israeli response. However, responses by the IDF were not as strong or as frequent as balloons launched from Gaza.