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Israel strikes Hamas targets in Gaza over burning kite flying

Palestinians have been protesting Israeli occupation along the border by sending burning kites to the Israeli side.

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Protesters have been using kites to carry petrol bombs from Gaza into southern Israel [Abir Sultan/EPA]

Israeli jets have struck nine targets belonging to Hamas, the group that controls the Gaza Strip, in response to incendiary kites and balloons Palestinians sent across the border, the military said.

The attacks, which came early on Monday, were accompanied by sirens sounding in Israeli areas near the Gaza Strip at daybreak.

It was not immediately clear what was struck or whether there were casualties.

In recent weeks, Palestinians have been attaching oil-soaked rags to kites and flying them over the Gaza border fence to start fires in Israeli territory.

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