Vastavam web: A Palestinian was killed in an Israeli strike in the Gaza Strip today, the enclave’s health ministry said, after Israel said one of its aircraft targeted a group launching balloons carrying firebombs. Three other people were wounded east of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, the ministry said. A family member said the person killed was working as a border policeman in the Hamas-run Palestinian enclave.
Following the incident, Israel’s army said Palestinians launched mortar shells at soldiers near the border fence, causing no injuries. Israel’s fire service says hundreds of fires have caused damage amounting to millions of shekels (hundreds of thousands of dollars or euros). The military has opened fire at or near those launching the devices in recent days, but today would mark the first time someone was killed in such strikes.
“Earlier today, a Hamas terrorist squad was launching arson balloons from the southern Gaza Strip into Israeli territory,” a military statement said. Israel hit dozens of sites it said belonged to militants in the Gaza Strip in Saturday’s strikes, killing two Palestinian teenagers.