Israeli Army Strikes Targets In Gaza In Response To Rocket Fire

Hamas chief Ismail Haniya

Two rockets, which were launched on Thursday from the Gaza Strip in the direction of Israel fell short in the Palestinian territory, the Israeli military said.

A military spokesperson said the incoming rocket alert siren was not activated by the third launch - as it was by the first two - because the system detected that the projectile was not heading toward a populated area.

The Spokesperson's Unit also confirmed a third rocket that was sacked toward Israel and reached Israeli territory.

Ismail Haniyeh, the top leader of the Gaza-ruling terror group Hamas, called for a violent Palestinian uprising on Thursday.

The incident occurred against the background of mass Palestinian protests in all settlements of the West Bank of the Jordan River in response to the USA move to designate Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.

According to CNN, a fresh wave of violence has erupted following United States President Donald Trump' decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

The first two launches set off the alarm shortly after 6 p.m., in the Hof Ashkelon and Sha'ar Hanegev regions, northeast of the Gaza Strip. The protesters also clashed with Israeli security forces firing tear gas and stun grenades, as well as rubber bullets and live ammunition. The attacks targeted Hamas, the Islamist militant group that rules Gaza, and used both tank and air power.

On Wednesday, Trump announced the relocation of the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem - a move which drew numerous negative reactions from Muslim communities around the world.

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