IDF drone targets Gaza ‘terror balloon’ squad, killing one

An IDF drone attacked a squad of terrorists as they launched a bomb-laden balloon at Israel, killing one. 

By: World Israel News Staff 

One Palestinian was killed and three were injured after an Israeli drone strike near Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, the Hamas-linked Palestinian Information Center reported.

An Israeli drone fired two missiles at a group of Palestinians near Rafah, a local source told the Palestinian news site.

The source added that the three injured were transported to a nearby hospital.

The IDF confirmed earlier that it had conducted an airstrike at a group of Gazans launching incendiary balloons at Israel.

“A Hamas terrorist squad was launching arson balloons from the southern Gaza Strip into Israeli territory. In response, an IDF aircraft fired towards the squad,” the IDF said.

“The IDF will continue to operate decisively against Hamas-led terror activities and views any kind of this activity with great severity.”

In recent weeks, terrorists operating out of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip have launched thousands of balloons and kites carrying incendiary and makeshift explosive devices towards Israeli territory. The wave of ‘kite terror’ has sparked hundreds of fires in Israeli territory and caused millions of dollars in damages.

Egypt has reportedly brokered an agreement with Hamas to stop the bomb-laden kites and balloons launched into Israel as part of a ceasefire deal with Israel.

However, rebel terrorist groups responsible for launching the kites and balloons who are not affiliated with Hamas have vowed to continue.