Israel strikes Hamas targets in Gaza after border protests

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JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli planes have struck Hamas militant targets in the Gaza Strip, hours after violent clashes between Palestinian protesters and troops along the border. The Israeli military said in a statement that planes bombed a Hamas militant facility in the Gaza Strip early Sunday in response to the launching of incendiary balloons into southern Israel and violent protests staged for a second consecutive week. Before returning to Israel from Washington, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said his country will “operate in Gaza according to our interests.” On Saturday, hundreds of Hamas-backed activists staged a nighttime protest along the Israeli border. Gaza health officials said three people were injured by Israeli fire. 

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