Israel targets 'Hamas posts' after rockets fired from Gaza Strip

Marie Harrington
December 30, 2017

"IDF (Israel Defense Forces) tanks and an IAF (Israel Air Force) aircraft targeted two posts (.) in the northern Gaza Strip", a military statement read.

The shells were fired while many Israeli fighter jets, and drones, were seen flying over various parts of the Gaza Strip.

Two other rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile defense system, indicating that both were headed directly for populated areas.

A spokesperson for the Sha'ar HaNegev municipality, bordering the Gaza Strip, stated that a third rocket hit one of the Gaza border communities.

The launches came amidst escalation between Israel and the Palestinians over U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and his plan to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

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No casualties or material damage was reported.

In the West Bank small groups of Palestinians clashed with Israeli forces, including north of Ramallah and in the Hebron area, where two were wounded by live fire, Palestinian medical and security sources said.

Rocket-warning sirens began shortly after midday in the Sha'ar Hanegev and Sdot Negev regions, alerting residents to take shelter, the Israeli army said on Twitter. Israel claims that his body was taken by Hamas together with the body of another soldier and demands the Islamist organization to return it.

The Israeli military used tear gas and gunfire to break up protests on Friday.

Other reports by TheSundaySentinel

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