IDF: Two rockets launched from Gaza at Israel, but fall short
Dec 08 2017 by Desiree Burns
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.
The IDF said the strikes were in retaliation for Palestinian rocket attacks that failed to reach Israeli territory, according to the Times of Israel.
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.
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The launches set off incoming rocket alert sirens shortly after 6 p.m., in the Hof Ashkelon and Sha'ar Hanegev regions, northeast of the Gaza Strip. Palestinians and Israeli troops had skirmished at the border earlier in the day.
Hamas' leader Ismail Haniyeh told Palestinians to rise against Israel, saying Trump's decision declares war against Palestine. Clashes were also reported throughout Judea and Samaria as Palestinians rioted following United States President Donald Trump's declaration Wednesday night that the U.S. recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
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.