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The Takeaway: Hamas ‘balloon terror’ sparks conflict on Gaza faultline

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Masked Palestinians prepare to attach balloons to a gas canister before releasing it near Gaza's Bureij refugee camp, along the Israel-Gaza border fence, on February 10, 2020. (Photo by MAHMUD HAMS / AFP) (Photo by MAHMUD HAMS/AFP via Getty Images)

Gaza: Israel strikes back over Hamas 'balloon terror' and rocket offensive

“I want to say to all of Iran’s forces, including in Gaza, there will be a very heavy price for the balloon terror,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said today, as Israel attacked what it says were Hamas military sites in Gaza with helicopters and tanks.

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