Israel Defense Forces "is prepared for any scenario, including a resumption of hostilities, in the face of continuing terror activities from the Gaza Strip," says an Israeli military spokesperson.
The Israeli army said on Wednesday that it had carried out the first airstrike in the Gaza Strip since a cease-fire ended its fighting with Gaza's ruler Hamas in May.
In the overnight attack, Israeli war jets struck military compounds belonging to Hamas in the city of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip, an Israeli military spokesperson said in a statement.
The statement accused Hamas of being responsible "for all events transpiring in the Gaza Strip" and warned that the group "will bear the consequences for its actions."
"The IDF (Israel Defense Forces) is prepared for any scenario, including a resumption of hostilities, in the face of continuing terror activities from the Gaza Strip," the statement read.
Hundreds of Israeli ultra-nationalists marched on Tuesday in East Jerusalem, waving Israeli flags. Some of them chanted "Death to Arabs" and other anti-Arab slurs.
The Palestinians and international diplomats, including the United Nations, urged Israel not to hold the parade, warning it might spark regional tensions.
Militants in Gaza responded to the march by launching "arson balloons" that caused at least 13 fires in southern Israel.
There were no immediate reports of casualties on both sides.
It was the first airstrike Israel has carried out in Gaza since a cease-fire that ended an 11-day war on May 21. The fighting claimed the lives of 256 Palestinians in Gaza and 13 people in Israel, according to figures by the health ministries in the Gaza Strip and Israel.
Source: Xinhua, Editor: Huaxia
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