/ 17 June 2021

Israel-Gaza conflict reignites

A ceasefire between Israel and Gaza that has been in place since last month is up in the air. Israel yesterday launched airstrikes on Hamas militant targets in Gaza in what it says is retaliation for incendiary balloons that were launched on Tuesday. What’s an incendiary balloon? It’s a balloon with a bomb or other device attached to it, and on this occasion, reports say they caused multiple fires near the Gaza border. Tensions in the ongoing conflict have been in the spotlight after Israel’s new government came to power on Sunday, headed by PM Naftali Bennett. Reports say Hamas launched the balloons after a march by Jewish nationalists in occupied East Jerusalem, which had drawn threats from the militant group that runs Gaza. #SquizShortcut

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