Published: Пт, Декабря 08, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

IDF strikes Gaza targets after rockets launched at Israel

IDF strikes Gaza targets after rockets launched at Israel

The IDF sent soldiers to inspect the area for signs of impact, but, finding none, determined that the two rockets had not reached Israeli territory, a spokesperson said.

Shortly afterwards, the army fired a tank shell into a Palestinian land, in Juhr ed-Deek area, southeast of Gaza city.

The Israeli Defense Forces issued a statement holding Hamas accountable for the attack, as Israel considers the group responsible for any actions coming from Gaza.

Earlier, photographs from Gaza had shown the military lighting up parts of the territory with flares.

According to the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza, some 2,147 Palestinians were killed during the 51-day Israeli offensive on Gaza in 2014, including 72 who later succumbed to their wounds.

This latest report from the region comes after U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

They added that two other shells were also fired from Gaza, but landed inside the Gaza Strip. The attacks targeted Hamas, the Islamist militant group that rules Gaza, and used both tank and air power.

While Israel has always considered Jerusalem its capital, with the prime minister's office and parliament building located there, countries have avoided recognizing it as such to prevent damaging hopes for a two-state solution.

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