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Following security consultations Wednesday, Defense Minister Benny Gantz approved the recommendation of IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi and other top military brass as well as other security officials, and today (Wednesday) ordered an immediate reduction in Gaza fishing zone from 15 to eight nautical miles, until further notice.

The decision came in response to the ongoing arson attacks on southern Israel launched by terrorists in the enclave who continue to fly IED balloon bombs across the border towards Jewish communities. The attacks, aimed at Israeli civilians, constitute a violation of Israeli sovereignty.

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On Wednesday (Aug. 12) there were 24 confirmed fires started by arson balloon bombs launched at southern Israel from Gaza.

Israeli military forces also struck Hamas terrorist targets in Gaza in the early hours of Wednesday morning in response to the ongoing terror attacks against Israel with the explosive balloons.

“We will continue to operate against any attempt to harm Israeli civilians,” the IDF said in a statement. “Hamas bears responsibility for everything that happens in and out of the Gaza Strip towards Israel, and it will bear the consequences of the violence perpetrated against the citizens of Israel.”

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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.