Israel strikes Gaza after rocket fire

Rebecca Stead

Israeli security forces fired tear gas and sprayed water cannons at demonstrators during clashes in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on Thursday (December 7), as Palestinians gathered to protest against U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognise 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. There were no casualties.

The IDF spokesperson's department issued a statement on Thursday stating that the IDF launched a two-prong attack on two confirmed terror locations in the Gaza Strip.

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.

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The Hamas leader also called for strong unity among all Palestinian factions, and "for a unified stance to counter this oppression and aggression".

The directive given to IDF soldiers ahead of Friday's expected riots is to show as much restraint as possible until the situation becomes life-threatening.

Illustrative image of a previous strike on Gaza.

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