Israeli Army Strikes Targets In Gaza In Response To Rocket Fire


An Israeli tank returned fire.

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.

In the hours afterward, the Tawhid al-Jihad group claimed responsibility for the attack on social media.

Protesters burn pictures of US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Gaza City on December 7, 2017.

In reaction to the USA provocative decision to recognize Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel's capital, Brigadier General Jazayeri underlined "Israel has occupied the Palestinian territories" adding the continuation of the Palestinian resistance against this cancerous tumour of Israel reveals that the occupying regime will never feel safe.

Illustrative image of a previous strike on Gaza.

Earlier in the day, Israel troops were heavily deployed on the outskirts of Gaza city in anticipation of any possible protests by Palestinians.

Dozens of Palestinians in Gaza also staged violent protests along the security fence surrounding the coastal enclave, throwing rocks and rolling burning tires at the barrier and the Israeli soldiers on the other side.

Velayati vehemently censured Washington's move, deeming it "another stain of shame on United States policies" in advocating "violence, repression, undermining the oppressed people's rights, and destabilizing the region" aimed at preserving the interests of the Israeli regime.

Israel has occupied East Jerusalem since the 1967 Middle East war.