IDF fighter jets, attack helicopters and tanks struck a number of Hamas terror targets in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday.

During the strike a military compound, underground infrastructures and observation posts belonging to the Hamas terror organization were hit.

“The IDF views any terror activity against Israel with great severity and will continue operating as necessary against attempts to harm Israeli civilians,” the IDF said.

Israel’s attack came in response to new wave of explosive balloons launched from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory. The balloons began last Thursday, and after a lull over the weekend, returned in force by Monday.

In response, Defense Minister Benny Gantz in response ordered the Kerem Shalom crossing into the Gaza Strip closed except for fuel and humanitarian goods due to the renewed attacks.

Israel’s Kan News reports that the pro-Qatari newspaper Al-Arabi Al-Jadid says that factions in Gaza, and Hamas in particular, want only a limited confrontation with Israel, but if mediators and Israel ignore Gaza’s demands, the conflict will worsen.