The Israeli Government on Thursday announced it was halting the import of fuel into the Gaza strip, the latest punitive measure over a wave of airborne fire bombs from the Palestinian Territory.

The Defence Ministry announcement came hours after Israeli, jets and tanks hit targets affiliated with Hamas, the exclave’s Islamist rulers.
No casualties were reported.

The latest round of hostilities has seen firebombs attached to bunches of balloons floating into Israel, setting scrubland ablaze.

In response, Israel has closed a goods crossing with Gaza and slashed the territory’s permitted coastal fishing zone.

Hamas and Israel have fought three wars since 2008.

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