Israeli Army Chief Warns Military to Gear Up for Possible Bout of Renewed Fighting with Hamas

The Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) posted video documentation on 18 June of an attack in the Gaza Strip that took place earlier, showing several targets apparently hit by the IDF airstrikes carried out in response to the continued launching of “arson balloons” from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory.

Rocket sirens wailed in Israeli communities in Kfar Aza along the Gaza border in the early hours of Friday morning, with the israel Defence Forces (IDF) identifying them as not due to rocket fire but likely the result of machine gunfire. No injuries were reported.

Amid the developments, Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kohavi held a security briefing with top commanders, reported The Jerusalem Post.

Kohavi, who is set to lead a senior delegation of Israeli officers to the US on Sunday, ordered the military to be prepared for renewed fighting with Hamas.

Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kohavi is scheduled to meet with American officials on a spate of issues, including Iran’s nuclear program.

Unabated Tensions

The visit comes amid a fresh spiral of tensions in the region.

The israel Defence Forces earlier announced they had struck targets in Khan Yunis and Gaza City on 16 June, in response to incendiary balloons launched from Gaza into Israel earlier in the day. The IDF also released a thermal video of the airstrikes.

The arson balloons were reported to have triggered some eight fires in Israeli communities in the Sha’ar HaNegev area and throughout the Eshkol…

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