Israel strikes Gaza in response to incendiary balloons

Illustrative IDF troops make a late-night arrest in the West Bank

"Tensions rising again in Jerusalem at a very fragile and sensitive security and political time, when the United Nations and Egypt are actively engaged in solidifying the ceasefire", Wennesland said via Twitter.

Meanwhile, Palestinians called it a "day of rage" as prime minister Mohammad Shtayyeh condemned it as a provocation saying that it may lead to "dangerous repercussions".

The airstrikes, incendiary balloons and march underscored the fragility of the tenuous truce that ended last month's 11-day war between Israel and Hamas, as well as the challenges facing Israel's new government.

Hamas's warnings appeared to hinge on whether or not the march would pass through the Damascus Gate and into the heart of the Muslim Quarter of the Old City.

It followed a march by Jewish nationalists in occupied East Jerusalem on Tuesday, which had drawn threats from Hamas, the militant group that runs Gaza.

In past years, the march passed through Damascus Gate and into the heart of the Muslim Quarter, a crowded Palestinian neighbourhood with narrow streets and alleys.

Israeli settlers celebrated the anniversary of Jerusalem's "re-unification" after Israel captured East Jerusalem from Jordan in 1967 and annexed it, a move not recognised by most of the global community.

Hamas issued a statement calling on Palestinians to show "valiant resistance" to the march.

"With respect to the IDF, what was is not what will be", he said, referring to promises from Israel to take a much tougher stance with the Hamas terror group that rules Gaza and has threatened to launch fresh attacks.

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And they come as more than a thousand ultranationalist demonstrators bearing Israeli flags poured into Jerusalem's flashpoint Old City on Tuesday, with scores of police deployed and global monitors urging calm.

On Thursday, clashes broke out between East Jerusalem protesters and Israeli police, as far-right lawmaker Itamar Ben Gvir marched to Damascus Gate.

Yair Lapid, the architect of the new government, tweeted he believed the march had to be allowed but that "it's inconceivable how you can hold an Israeli flag and shout, "Death to Arabs" at the same time".

Throngs of mostly young religious men sang, danced and waved flags at the Damascus Gate entrance to the Old City that was cleared of its usual Palestinian crowds.

Israel regards the entire city as its capital; Palestinians want East Jerusalem to be the capital of a future state that would include the West Bank and Gaza.

The air strikes marked the first major flare-up between Israel and Palestinians in Gaza since a ceasefire on May 21 ended 11 days of war that killed 260 Palestinians, according to Gaza authorities, and 13 people in Israel, the police and army there said.

The iconic Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the Old City is Islam's third holiest site and a national symbol for all Palestinians.

New Public Security Minister Omer Barlev said Monday that the march will proceed as scheduled, following a meeting with Israel Police Chief Kobi Shabtai on preparations for the march.

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