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    Several incendiary balloons were reportedly launched on Wednesday towards Israeli territory before the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) fired rockets at alleged Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip.

    The IDF confirmed late on Wednesday that Israeli forces have struck several Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip.

    ​According to local media, rocket sirens went off in southern Israel earlier on Wednesday, as four projectiles were reported to have been fired from the Gaza Strip. According to the IDF, two of the missiles hit an open area and the rest were intercepted by the Iron Dome System.

    The IDF in response struck several Hamas facilities in the northern part of the Strip.

    Alleged footage of the attack circulated on social media.

    ​Hamas, a Palestinian Sunni militant organization in control of the Gaza Strip, has been locked in a protracted conflict with Israel, which still refuses to recognize the Palestine Authority as an independent political and diplomatic entity. Tel Aviv holds Hamas responsible for any attack coming from the Gaza Strip.

    There has been no immediate claim of responsibility from Hamas for rocket attacks or the launch of arson balloons.

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