Photo Credit: Edi Israel / Flash 90
An Israeli Apache helicopter opens fire over Gaza.

Israeli combat aircraft attacked a terrorist cell in Gaza late Sunday afternoon that was launching incendiary balloons into southern Israel, the IDF said in a statement.

The air strike targeted the terror cell in the southern sector of the Gaza Strip, according to the IDF.

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Attacks on southern Israel – and other areas of the country as well – with incendiary balloons carrying explosive devices, have been increasing.

On Saturday night, a huge fire broke out in Moshav Ein HaBesor after an incendiary balloon from Gaza landed in the community.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.