Al-Quds (TNA) – Israeli jets struck nine targets in the northern Gaza Strip early on Monday, a report said.

Sirens also sounded in occupied territories near the Gaza Strip at daybreak and the Israeli army said three rockets had been launched towards Israeli territory in a retaliatory attack, Reuters reported.

Israeli media said two of the rockets landed inside occupied territories, while the third appeared to have fallen short of reaching its target. There were no immediate reports of injuries on either side.

The Palestinian rocket fire came after Israeli jets struck nine targets in the northern Gaza Strip as part of efforts to stop the launch of kites and balloons into Israel by Gazans.

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In recent weeks, Palestinians have sent kites dangling coal embers or burning rags across the Gaza border. Flying kites and balloons has become a new mode of resistance since Palestinians began their weekly protests near a fence separating the Gaza Strip from the occupied territories on March 30.

The protests peaked on May 14, when some 40,000 Gazans protested along the fence on the same day that the US opened its embassy in Jerusalem (al-Quds) in a provocative move.

Israeli snipers and special troops have shot and killed nearly 130 peaceful Palestinian protesters, sparking international outcry over the disproportionate use of force.

This post originally ran on Tasnim News Agency.