Flames rise and smoke billows following overnight airstrikes on Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip after the Israeli army said it carried out fresh airstrikes against Hamas positions in response to firebombs sent into Israeli territory attached to balloons.
Israel’s army launched new airstrikes Sunday against Hamas positions in Gaza and closed the fishing zone around the Palestinian enclave in response to rockets and firebombs sent into Israeli territory.
The measures came after a week of heightened tensions, including clashes on Saturday evening along the Gaza-Israeli border, the army said.
Dozens of Palestinian "rioters burned tires, hurled explosive devices and grenades towards the security fence and attempted to approach it," the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said in a statement.
Long-simmering Palestinian anger has flared further since Israel and the UAE on Thursday agreed to normalize relations, a move Palestinians saw as a betrayal of their cause by the Gulf country.