Israel launched airstrikes in Gaza on Wednesday in response to incendiary balloons from Palestinian territory. The outbreak is a first test for Israel’s new government, after an interim ceasefire ended 11 days of cross-border fighting last month. The IDF said its plane attacked Hamas armed compounds in Gaza in response to their balloons, which firefighters said caused 20 fires in open fields in communities near the border. A Hamas spokesman, confirming the Israeli attacks, said the Palestinians would continue to pursue their “courageous resistance and their rights and sacred sites” in Jerusalem. Just hours before the strikes, there was an Israeli nationalist march in East Jerusalem which has drawn threats from Hamas, the ruling Gaza militant group. Israel, which annexed East Jerusalem after a 1967 war, all considers Jerusalem as its capital. However, the Palestinians want East Jerusalem to be the capital of a future state that would include Gaza and the West Bank.Tho Usands of Israelis waving flags gathered around the Damascus Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem.Israel recently beefed up its Iron Dome anti-missile system by anticipated possible rocket attacks from Gaza, but as protesters began to disperse after dark, there was still no sign of rocket fire es. A previous march in May was diverted from the Damascus Gate. However, that was not enough to deter Hamas from firing rockets at Jerusalem, an action that apparently sparked violence last month.