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Israel hits Hamas outpost in Gaza in response to new wave of arson balloons

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A Palestinian prepares a balloon that will be attached to flammable materials and then flown toward Israel near the Israeli-Gaza border, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip June 17, 2018. (Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90 photo)

An Israel Air Force jet struck a Hamas outpost in Gaza in response to arson balloons launched from Gaza toward southern Israel.

The attack occurred on Wednesday night, the IDF said.

At least two balloons carrying explosives landed in Israeli territory on Wednesday. One sparked a fire in an agricultural field. Incendiary balloons also were launched toward southern Israel on Tuesday, sparking at least one fire. They are the first such attacks in several months.

Along with the balloons, Palestinians have begun nightly raids on the border with Gaza, including burning tires, throwing explosives and attempted infiltrations.