Israel strikes Gaza after heavy rocket attacks from militants

Israel strikes Gaza after heavy rocket attacks from militants

Israeli warplanes struck militant positions in Gaza after Palestinian militants there fired dozens of rockets and mortars at southern communities early Wednesday, the military said.

The Palestinian fire came hours after the Israeli military said it struck Hamas infrastructure in response to “arson balloons” launched from Gaza into Israel.

Israel has been battling large fires caused by kites and balloons rigged with incendiary devices or burning rags, launched by Palestinians in Gaza.

Fawzi Barhoum, a spokesman for Hamas, praised the attacks targeting Israel but did not take responsibility for them.