Israel strikes Gaza after rocket fire

Donald Trump in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah

Israel strikes Gaza after rocket fire

The attacks come one day after President Donald Trump controversially announced that the United States would recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and begin the process of moving the U.S. Embassy there.

Israel has struck Gaza Thursday night with warplanes and tanks, according to the Israeli army.

Earlier tonight, rocket sirens were heard in the Hof Ashkelon and Sha'ar HaNegev regional councils, as well as the city of Sdreot, when two rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip toward Israel. An IDF spokesman said two rocket launches had been identified with both falling inside the Gaza Strip.

Israeli sources claimed the army fired the missiles and shells "in response to a shell" that was reportedly fired from Gaza, causing no damage or injuries.

The ministry said that the reopening of the crossing will be dependent upon situational assessments.

After the assault from Gaza, Israeli jets targeted military sites belonging to Hamas and Islamic Jihad.

Throughout the day on Thursday, Palestinians in Gaza marched, waved Palestinian flags and burned photographs of Trump and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as well as Israeli and American flags. Local services told Sputnik that around 50 Palestinians were injured in clashes with Israeli security forces.

Illustrative image of a previous strike on Gaza.

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.

In a Wednesday address from the White House, Trump defied worldwide warnings and insisted that after repeated failures to achieve peace a new approach was long overdue, describing his decision to recognize Jerusalem as the seat of Israel's government as merely based on reality.

Trump's announcement, which was warmly received by Israel, overturns decades of precedent and runs counter to global consensus, with no other country now taking the same stance.

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