Israeli aircraft strike Hamas targets in Gaza Strip


The Israeli Air Force on Monday attacked nine Hamas posts in the Gaza Strip after three projectiles were launched from the enclave, the military said.

The Army's targets were two military camps and one ammunition factory, reports Efe news.

The Israel Defense Force said the attack was a response to Hamas sending burning, oil-soaked rags over the border, attached to kites or balloons. Soldiers used rubber-coated steel bullets, tear gas canisters, and stun grenades against the locals, however, no injuries were reported.

The result is believed to be this week's trip to the Middle East by First-Son-in-Law Jared Kushner, who is also the titular head of the president's Israel-Palestinian peacemaking force, and chief foreign negotiator Jason Greenblatt, which is said to be primarily focused on getting the worldwide community to ante-up a billion-dollar effort to fund projects to improve the lot of residents of the Gaza Strip.

So far, no Israelis have been hurt by the fires, but they have caused $2.5m in damage to farmland, according to Israel's government.

A Palestinian protester throws a teargas canister back at Israeli troops during a protest at the Gaza Strip's border with Israel, Friday, June 8, 2018.

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The Islamic militant group Hamas, which rules Gaza, has led the protests. He cited rockets fired at Israel and attempts to breach the Gaza-Israel fence by some protesters.

On Monday, CNN witnessed charred fields, blackened trees and remnants of kites in Kissufim, on the Israeli side of the fence with Gaza.

The wounded caseload from the seven weeks of protest had surpassed that of the 2014 war between Israel and Hamas.

Israel had been using drones to intercept the kites, but Palestinians have had some success in bringing down the drones.

Palestinians say they are a popular outpouring of rage against Israel by people demanding the right to return to the homes their families fled or were driven from on Israel's creation 70 years ago.

They plan on discussing the humanitarian crisis in Gaza as well as the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians.