Violence between Israel and Palestine has been reignited following a number of airstrikes that were carried out on the Gaza Strip earlier today.
The airstrikes were in response to incendiary balloons being sent from Palestinian militants.
The is the first flare-up between both Israel and Palestine since May when hundreds were killed during the conflict that lasted over a week.
These were the first airstrikes launched by Naftali Bennett’s new coalition government which came into power on Sunday.
Palestinian sources stated that the airstrikes launched by Israel targeted at least one site in the south of the Gaza Strip, which has a population of approximately 2 million people.
The airstrikes also follow thousands of ultranationalist demonstrators taking to the streets of Jerusalem’s Old City yesterday which allegedly led to the deployment of police and international monitors who were sent to pacify the situation.
The Israeli Defence Force (IDF) stated that their airstrikes targeted military compounds belonging to Hamas while adding that facilities and meeting sites for terror operatives in Khan Yunis were targeted.
The IDF said that it was “prepared for any scenario, including a resumption of hostilities in the face of continuing terror activities from the Gaza Strip.”
According to local fire services, the incendiary balloons caused approximately 20 fires in southern Israel.
This is the first report of violence between Israel and Palestine since the ceasefire that came into effect in May which put an end to the prior 11 days of violence that resulted in 260 deaths.