Israel strikes Hamas in Gaza; Russian fleet fires artillery guns; Taliban and U.S. talks

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IDF strikes Hamas in Gaza in response to explosive balloons from Strip

Israeli aircraft attacked targets in the northern Gaza Strip on Thursday for the second day in a row, as tensions rose on the volatile border.

The strikes came in response to explosives-laden balloons that were sent from Gaza into Israel earlier in the day.

“A short time ago an IDF combat helicopter attacked infrastructure used for underground activity by the Hamas terror organization in the northern Gaza Strip. The attack was carried out in response to explosive balloons sent from the Gaza Strip into Israel territory today,” the Israel Defense Forces said in a statement.

There were no immediate reports from Gaza on damage or casualties in the strikes.

Video published by Israel’s Kan news purported to show Hamas members leaving a post ahead of the strike.

Russian Black Sea Fleet minesweeper fires artillery guns in drills

The crew of the ocean minesweeper Valentin Pikul practiced striking naval and air targets in drills, the press office of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet reported on Friday.

“As part of planned combat training measures, the ocean minesweeper Valentin Pikul accomplished a series of artillery firings on a seaborne and an air target,” the press office said in a statement.

The crew of the ocean minesweeper practiced the tactic of a battle by a sole ship, the statement informs.

The minesweeper’s artillery teams struck naval targets simulating a notional enemy’s warship and a floating sea mine and practiced measures to repel an enemy air attack, according to the statement.

Taliban open to 10-day ceasefire with U.S., talks with Afghan government – sources

The Taliban will implement a 10-day ceasefire with U.S. troops, a reduction in violence with Afghan forces and discussions with Afghan government officials if it reaches a deal with U.S. negotiators in talks in Doha, two sources have said.

If an agreement is sealed, it could revive hopes for a long-term solution to the conflict in Afghanistan.

Taliban and U.S. negotiators met on Wednesday and Thursday to discuss the signing of a peace deal, according to a spokesman for the Taliban office in Qatar. The talks were “useful” and would continue for a few days, the spokesman, Suhail Shaheen, said on Twitter early on Friday.

U.S. President Donald Trump had called off the stop-start talks to end the 18-year war in September after an U.S. soldier was killed in an attack by the militant group.

They resumed but were interrupted again in December after the Taliban launched a suicide attack on a U.S. base outside Kabul killing two civilians.

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