IDF strikes Gaza targets after rockets launched at Israel

08 December, 2017, 06:16 | Author: Valerie Burke
  • Israel arrests 35 Palestinians in overnight raids

Rockets or mortar rounds were fired Thursday afternoon at Israeli army forces.

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.

It's not yet clear if there were any casualties in either attack.

Palestinians and security forces clashed earlier in the day along the Gaza border with reports of three Palestinians injured.

Palestinian factions stepped up efforts on Thursday to finalise a Hamas handover of the Gaza Strip to President Mahmoud Abbas as protests broke out in the enclave against the United States. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Hamas Leader Ismail Hanniyeh issued a call for Palestinian across the country to begin a new intifada.

"In response to an anticipated USA announcement on Jerusalem on 6 December 2017, the Palestinians have called for protests in Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza from 6 December", the advice said.

The Israeli military responded to protests near Ramallah in the West Bank by firing tear gas and stun grenades at demonstrators, and prepared for an expected increase in violence in the coming days by ramping up its presence in the West Bank.

They accuse PA President Abbas of not lifting sanctions he had previously imposed on Gazans as a strategy toward turning them against the Hamas rulers of Gaza.

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