Israeli tanks, aircraft strike Hamas targets in Gaza after rocket attack

30 December, 2017, 01:23 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
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Two of the rockets were intercepted by Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system.

No casualties or material damage was reported.

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

Palestinian health officials said dozens of protesters were injured on Friday, including some by live fire and rubber bullets.

Both Hamas and fellow militant group Islamic Jihad had labelled Friday a "day of rage", as in previous weeks.


The rockets from Gaza were the first since December 18 and mark the most sustained fire from the Gaza Strip since the 2014 Israeli assault on Gaza.

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.

"A third rocket landed on a structure in the Shaar Hanegev Regional Council in southern Israel", it added.

Trump's announcement was followed by protests across the West Bank and on Gaza's border with Israel, with 12 Gazans killed in clashes with Israeli forces on the border or by Israeli strikes following rocket fire.

Israel's military said about 2,000 Palestinians rolled burning tires and threw rocks at soldiers stationed near the Gaza border and troops fired "selectively against four main instigators".

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