IDF retaliates against Hamas for rocket attacks

Cheryl Sanders
December 8, 2017

The strikes on the Gaza Strip come after Palestinians spent Thursday protesting against the US government's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.

Israel has struck Gaza Thursday night with warplanes and tanks, according to Israeli army, APA reports quoting Anadolu agency.

Israel's strikes on Gaza mark the second time in less than two weeks that the IDF attacked the area in retaliation for alleged attacks from Hamas.

At around 6:30 pm sirens sounded in the Shaar Hanegev Regional Council in the northwestern Negev.

Mr Haniyeh said in a speech in Gaza City on Thursday that Mr Trump had "killed" the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

The IDF added that they hold Hamas, which governs Gaza but is supposed to hand over control to the Palestinian Authority on Sunday, responsible for any rocket fire emanating from the Strip.

Later in the evening another launch was reported with rockets said to have fallen in open fields in Israeli territory.

Protests broke out in Gaza and the West Bank and Jerusalem after US President Donald Trump chose to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

"In response to an anticipated U.S. announcement on Jerusalem on 6 December 2017, the Palestinians have called for protests in Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza from 6 December", the advice said.

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