Original title: Less than a month after the ceasefire, Israel again air strikes on the Gaza Strip
According to BBC reports, in the early morning of June 16, local time, Israel carried out air strikes on the Gaza Strip. This is the first major conflict between Palestine and Israel since they signed a ceasefire agreement on May 21. It is currently unclear whether the air strikes caused casualties.
The Israeli military said in a statement that Israeli warplanes attacked Hamas’ military bases in Gaza and Khan Younis, which are engaged in “terrorist activities.” “Israel is ready to respond to all situations, including resuming war in the face of continuing terrorist acts from the Gaza Strip.”
The statement stated that the airstrike was in response to the Palestinians launching fuel-filled balloons into southern Israel. On June 15, multiple balloons from the Gaza Strip were launched into southern Israel, causing at least 20 fires in communities near the border.
A Hamas spokesperson subsequently issued a statement on Twitter stating that the Palestinians will continue to “resist bravely…until the occupiers are driven out of all our territories.”
This is the first serious conflict between Israel and Hamas since they signed a ceasefire agreement on May 21. Prior to this, 11-day conflict broke out between Palestine and Israel, resulting in more than 200 deaths.
This is also the first conflict between Palestine and Israel since the new Israeli government came to power. On June 13, the new Israeli government passed a vote of confidence in the parliament, ending Netanyahu’s 12-year term as prime minister. Naftali Bennett from the United Right Alliance took over Netanyahu and became the new prime minister of Israel.
According to Al Jazeera, the new Israeli government previously approved the Israeli people to hold a “Jerusalem Day” parade in the Old City of Jerusalem and surrounding areas. “Jerusalem Day” was set up by Israel to commemorate the complete occupation of Jerusalem in 1967. This move was protested by the Palestinian people, and Hamas had threatened to take action.