According to Reuters, on a news update posted on Tuesday, August 18th, 2020; Israel warned Hamas on Tuesday to face “war” by refusing to stop Gaza ‘s explosive balloon attacks as fuel shortages in the Palestinian enclave exacerbated by Israel’s blockade resulted in widespread blackouts.
Earlier on Tuesday, the Israeli army said its fighter jets had targeted Hamas’ underground infrastructure and related the attacks to Gaza’s “explosive and incendiary balloons.
The strikes came as Egyptian security officials visited to try to defuse more than a week of heightened unrest that included rocket and device attacks from Gaza as well as daily Israeli reprisals.
Fig: President Reuven Rivlin
Israel ‘s president, Reuven Rivlin, issued a warning to Hamas during a visit to communities near the unrest-stricken Gaza border.
“Terrorism using incendiary kites and balloons is terrorism just like any other”, Rivlin said in a press conference.
“Hamas should know that this is not a game. The time will come when they have to decide..if they want war, they will get war of which we’ll gladly give them”, Rivlin, who holds a largely ceremonial post in the Jewish country.
Furthermore, the Israeli Defence Minister and alternate prime minister Benny Gantz said “Hamas is playing with fire”, and vowed to make certain that the fire is turned back on them.
Its Important to note that no casualties were reported in the latest Israeli airstrikes as Israel and Hamas have fought three wars since 2008.