Israel launched an airstrike on Gaza on Monday night, claiming that the burning of balloons from a Palestinian enclave caused a fire.
The Israeli military blamed the balloon on Hamas, saying its goal was to control the organization’s location in the Gaza Strip.
“Overnight, IDF fighter jets struck a Hamas rocket manufacturing workshop, as well as a Hamas military compound in Khan Yunis,” the Israeli army claimed in a statement.
“The strikes were in response to Hamas launching incendiary balloons into Israeli territory,” the statement further claimed.
Witnesses said the army also fired artillery into northern Gaza.
According to medical sources in the Palestinian enclave, no one was killed.
Hours earlier, Israeli firefighters declared that the burning of balloons sparked three forest fires near the Gaza Strip.
Monday’s attack came after six Palestinians rushed out of Israeli prisons through tunnels earlier that day, prompting large-scale raids.
Hamas and Israel fought a devastating 11-day conflict in May, which was the worst conflict between the two sides in years.
Although it ended with a ceasefire promoted by Egypt and Qatar’s help to alleviate poverty in Palestinian enclaves, firebombing and occasional border conflicts have continued in the months since.