11:39 GMT27 September 2020
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    On Sunday, the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) said in a statement that soldiers had repelled an attempted "terror attack" against Rachel’s Tomb in the city of Bethlehem, detecting "terrorists who tried to hurl a Molotov cocktail toward the Tomb area".

    In the early hours of Monday morning, the IDF announced that Israeli tanks had conducted an attack against Hamas positions in the Gaza Strip.

    The attack came, according to the IDF, in response to explosive balloons allegedly sent into Israeli territory and the instigation of riots along the Palestinian-Israeli border wall by "dozens of Palestinians in Gaza".

    ​Israel has seen explosive balloon attacks several times during the week, the IDF claimed, alongside rockets fired from the Gaza Strip that were intercepted by the Iron Dome Aerial Defence System. Israel responded with airstrikes, reiterating that it holds Hamas accountable for all attacks coming from the area.

    The Gaza Strip is controlled by Hamas, a Palestinian Sunni militant organization, that remains in a protracted conflict with Tel Aviv.


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