Original title: Israeli air strikes on Hamas military targets in the Gaza Strip
Xinhua News Agency, Jerusalem (Reporter Lu Yingxu and Shanghao): The Israeli military said on the 25th that it used warplanes to attack the Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) military targets in the Gaza Strip late at night that day. Pakistani sources said that the air strikes did not cause casualties.
The Israeli military said in a statement on the 25th that it had attacked a military facility in Hamas with warplanes. The airstrike was aimed at retaliation for the release of balloons with incendiary devices to Israel from the Gaza Strip that day. The statement said that Israel will forcefully counterattack “attempts to continue terrorist activities” in the Gaza Strip.
According to a Palestinian source, warplanes attacked the military bases and many farmlands of the Khasan Brigade, an armed organization under Hamas, on the night of the 25th. The airstrike caused no casualties.
The Israeli fire department said on the 25th that the “burning balloons” released in the Gaza Strip that day caused three fires in southern Israel. In retaliation, Israel announced on the same day that it would reduce the fishing area in the Gaza Strip from 12 nautical miles to 6 nautical miles.
According to the “Oslo Agreement” signed between Palestine and Israel in the 1990s, fishermen in the Gaza Strip can fish within 20 nautical miles from the coastline, but Israel often closes or reduces fishing areas in the Gaza Strip for safety reasons.
Since May 10 this year, serious conflicts broke out between Israel and armed groups in the Gaza Strip. The 11-day conflict resulted in thousands of civilian casualties and aroused serious concern in the international community. On May 21, under the mediation of Egypt, the two sides reached a ceasefire. After that, the Gaza Strip flew “burning balloons” to the south from time to time, and Israel retaliated with air strikes.