Photo Credit: Abed Rahim Khatib / Flash 90
Smoke and fire rises following an Israeli air strike in the southern Gaza Strip (file)

The IAF targeted a Hamas military post in southern Gaza late Wednesday in response to an attack on southern Israel by an explosive balloon launched by terrorists from the enclave.

Read: IED Terror Balloon Damages Jewish Home Near Gaza Border

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“Our fighter jets and helicopters struck a number of Hamas targets in central Gaza,” said the IDF Spokesperson, “in response to the explosive balloons that were launched from Gaza earlier tonight and damaged an Israeli home.”

A cluster of balloons were attached to an improved explosive device that blew up in mid-air in front of a Jewish home in the Eshkol Regional Council district.

Miraculously, no one was physically injured in the attack, although a home was damaged in the explosion.

Members of Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist organizations evacuated from their headquarters and outposts in anticipation of air strikes by Israeli fighter pilots, according to Israeli and Arab media reports.

“The IDF views with great severity any attempt to harm Israeli citizens and will continue to act vigorously against these phenomena,” the IDF Spokesperson said.

“The Hamas terrorist organization bears responsibility for everything that is happening in and out of the Gaza Strip and for all the consequences of terrorist activities originating in the Gaza Strip.”

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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.