An Israeli soldier attempts to extinguish a fire in a forest field near the Kibbutz of Nahal Oz, along the border with the Gaza Strip, on July 17 after it was caused by inflammable material attached to a balloon flown by Palestinian protesters from across the border.  / AFP / MENAHEM KAHANA
An Israeli soldier attempts to extinguish a fire along the border with the Gaza Strip caused by inflammable material attached to a balloon flown by Palestinian protesters. File Photo.  AFP

Israeli airstrike kills one in Gaza Strip



An Israeli air strike on Thursday reportedly killed a member of Hamas' military wing and wounded two others, Hams sources said.

The Israeli military confirmed to AFP that it had carried out the air strike, saying the men were about to launch flammable balloons over the border into Israel.

Hamas, which controls the blockaded strip, later confirmed that the man was a member of a special unit tasked with securing the border but did not elaborate as to whether he was launching an incendiary device.

Fire caused by incendiary helium balloons, kites or inflated condoms launched from Palestine into Gaza have ravaged farmland in recent months.

Israel vowed to stop the attacks, even at risk of wider conflict. They have become a recent defining feature of months of protests in which dozens of Palestinians have been killed by Israelis.

More than 130 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces since protests took place at the border in March. No Israelis have been killed.

Cross-border violence surged on Saturday in an exchange of fire including dozens of airstrikes from Israel, and rockets fired across the border from Palestine.

List of alleged parties

 

May 12, 2020: PM and his wife Carrie attend 'work meeting' with at least 17 staff 

May 20, 2020: They attend 'bring your own booze party'

Nov 27, 2020: PM gives speech at leaving party for his staff 

Dec 10, 2020: Staff party held by then-education secretary Gavin Williamson 

Dec 13, 2020: PM and his wife throw a party

Dec 14, 2020: London mayoral candidate Shaun Bailey holds staff event at Conservative Party headquarters 

Dec 15, 2020: PM takes part in a staff quiz 

Dec 18, 2020: Downing Street Christmas party 


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