Seventh nightly IDF attack on Hamas after 30 more balloon fires

Israeli security chiefs said that the battered communities adjoining the Gaza Strip can’t tell how the crisis will resolve itself, but they expect more escalation to come. There was no let-up on Tuesday on the arson and incendiary balloons launched from the Gaza Strip. They set off 30 fires, one incinerating the toy equipment in a kindergarten playground. Israelj jets struck Hamas underground infrastructure for the seventh night in a row.
A group of Egyptian intelligence officers held a fruitless meeting with Hamas leaders Yahya Sinwar and Halil al-Haya, in an effort to rein in the terror. According to unconfirmed reports on Gaza websites, the Palestinian terrorist group has substantially raised its price for calm:  Qatari assistance must be awarded to 200,000 families – double the number of grants provided in the program that winds down next month; invest in water and power projects and create jobs for educated and other workers in the enclave. Israel must allow 100,000 Gazans to work in Israel, expand the Strip’s fishing zone to 20 miles, and keep the Kerem Shalom goods crossing open 24/7.

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