Israeli army fires at Hamas post in Gaza, no injuries

Rebecca Stead

Rebecca Stead

Israeli Air Force is bombing several targets in Gaza on Thursday in response to a volley of mortar fire from Palestinian militants, as tensions escalate after President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

After rockets sirens sounded in Israeli communities near the border in the early evening local time, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said two rockets were fired but failed to make it out of Gaza.

The attempted attack also come five weeks after the Israeli military destroyed an attack tunnel belonging to the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist group, which crossed into Israel from the Gaza Strip.

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.

Around two hours later the army said that another rocket, fired form the enclave's north, exploded in southern Israel.

A masked Palestinian boy stands in front of flames during clashes with Israeli soldiers at the entrance of the village of Qusra in the West Bank on December 4, 2017.

Nevertheless, IDF tanks and warplanes bombed two Hamas military positions in Gaza in retaliation.

Trump's announcement overturns decades of precedent and runs counter to worldwide consensus, with no other country now taking the same stance.

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