Israel strikes Gaza in response to incendiary balloons

Israel strikes Gaza in response to incendiary balloons

Prior to Tuesday's march, Israel beefed up its deployment of the Iron Dome anti-missile system in anticipation of possible rocket attacks from Gaza.

An Israeli firefighter attempts to extinguish a fire caused by an incendiary balloon launched from the Gaza Strip on Tuesday.

Authorities last week had delayed the march over security threat in the route as former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly put off the march by a week.

Israeli warplanes have carried out a series of airstrikes at militant sites in Gaza, the first such raids since a shaky ceasefire ended the war last month.

The so-called March of the Flags celebrates the anniversary of Jerusalem's "re-unification" after Israel captured the city's east in the 1967 Six Day War.

Israel's fire service said the incendiary balloons launched earlier from Gaza had caused at least 20 fires in fields by communities in southern Israel.

Yair Lapid, the architect of the new government, said on Twitter that he believed the march had to be allowed but that "it's inconceivable how you can hold an Israeli flag and shout, "Death to Arabs" at the same time.These people are a disgrace to the nation of Israel".

Ahead of the march, Israeli police cleared the area in front of Damascus Gate, shut down roads to traffic, ordered shops to close and sent away young Palestinian protesters.

The march comes just two days after Netanyahu was ousted after 12 straight years in power, toppled by an ideologically divided coalition including, for the first time in Israel's history, an Arab party.

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Authorities had denied permission for the march several times, anxious that its route through the Old City would stoke tensions that have been high since, and preceding, the 11 days of fighting between Israel and Hamas last month.

The rescheduled event was initially planned for last Thursday, but was postponed to this Tuesday when police refused to authorize its planned route through the Old City's Damascus Gate entrance and Muslim Quarter. Palestinian protesters repeatedly clashed with Israeli police over restrictions on public gatherings during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in April and May.

In the name of defending the holy city, Hamas fired long-range rockets at Jerusalem, disrupting the march and sparking the Gaza war, which claimed more than 250 Palestinian lives and killed 13 people in Israel. Hamas called on Palestinians to "resist" the march.

Israeli strikes on the Gaza Strip killed 260 Palestinians including some fighters, the Gaza authorities said.

Israeli media reported the military was on heightened alert in the occupied West Bank and along the Gaza frontier.

Israel regards the entire city as its capital; Palestinians want East Jerusalem to be the capital of a future state that would include the West Bank and Gaza.

New Public Security Minister Omer Barlev said Monday that the march will proceed as scheduled, following a meeting with Israel Police Chief Kobi Shabtai on preparations for the march. He "underscored the need to avoid friction and protect the personal safety of".

Wennesland urged all sides to act in a responsible manner and to avoid any activities that might be seen as provocative.

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