Israel announced on Sunday it struck a Hamas military compound and tunnel entrance in the Gaza Strip in response to clashes along the border between Palestinian protesters and troops.
The Associated Press reported that protests had been staged for a second consecutive week. In a statement, the Israeli military said it launched the strikes in response to violent riots and the launching of incendiary balloons.
In response to Hamas terrorists launching arson balloons into Israel & violent riots at the security fence, we just struck:— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) August 28, 2021
Hamas military compound
Hamas terrorist tunnel entrance
Hamas employs these tactics for 1 reason—to terrorize Israeli civilians. We will defend them.
Hundreds of protesters who aim was to ease restrictions on the border of Gaza and Israel had burned tires and threw explosives at the border on Saturday, Israel’s military said, according to Reuters.
In response, Israel’s military explained that "riot dispersal means" had been used to disrupt the crowds, which Gaza officials said left six Palestinians hurt, Reuters reported. The military compound and tunnel entrance were later struck.
Multiple wars have been waged between Israel and Hamas, the most recent of which occurred in May over the course of 11 days with at least 250 Palestinian casualties. Gaza’s health ministry said that 39 women and 67 children had died from the May war while Hamas acknowledged the death of 80 Israelis, the AP noted.
A ceasefire to was secured in May though protests have ensued for the last two weeks. Palestinians claim an integral component of the ceasefire agreement - promised aid from Qatar - has not been delivered yet, Reuters reported.