Israeli warjets continue to bomb Hamas targets in retaliation for so-called cross-border attacks from Gaza, as the IDF carries out a “very vigorous response” against the Palestinians, ordered by Netanyahu as he gears up for his re-election.

IDF fighter jets and other aircraft struck several Hamas targets, including a compound in the north of the strip and two vessels belonging to the Palestinians, the army said in a statement.

The Israeli military said the raids, carried out for a third night in a row, were launched in response to a mortar shell attack in southern Israel on Saturday night, as well as “balloon explosives” in the last several days.

Cross-border tensions along the border fence have witnessed an uptick ahead of the Knesset elections on April 9, prompting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to take a decisive destruction stand this week.

Israel has completely sealed of th Gaza Strip since 2008, blocking all border crossings, leaving the 2 million population totally isolated from the rest of the world.

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