The balloons attached to bombs or other weapons reportedly caused “several large fires” in Israeli territory. Hours later, terrified Gazans took to social media to describe the retaliatory attacks. One man said “a nearby explosion shook the house” and begged “not again please”. Another person said missiles had been “raining on Gaza non-stop for an hour”.
Israel and Hamas agreed a ceasefire last month which brought an end to their latest round in fighting.
Israeli media outlets said locations in the north and south of the strip were being targeted.
Last month’s truce ended the 11-day war which claimed the lives of 243 Gazans and 11 Israelis.
However, the agreement has proved to be shaky.
Thursday marked the third day in a row that incendiary balloons were sent from Gaza into Israel.
There were no immediate reports of casualties from the strikes, which could be heard from Gaza City.
In the early hours of Wednesday, IDF planes also carried out airstrikes on the blockaded Palestinian territory.
Israel said it targeted Hamas facilities, without killing or wounding anyone.
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