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11 Dec, 2017 18:01

Israel army attacks Hamas positions in Gaza after rockets launched from enclave

Israel army attacks Hamas positions in Gaza after rockets launched from enclave

The Israeli military launched attacks on Hamas positions in Gaza twice over the course of Monday evening, after rockets were fired from the Strip, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said.

The missile was fired Monday evening, according to an IDF spokesperson's statement. There's been no confirmation that any 'targets' have been hit, it added. The IDF blamed the attack on Hamas.

The Israeli Air Force, as well as tanks were deployed to respond to the attack, with Hamas positions targeted in southern Gaza. Hours later, the IDF said another rocket from Gaza was intercepted by the Iron Dome defense system, triggering the same response from Israel.

Last week, at least 25 people, including six children, were injured and two Hamas fighters killed in IDF strikes on alleged Hamas positions inside Gaza. Israel said it bombed the targets in response to rocket attacks launched at its territory.

Tensions have escalated significantly in the region following Washington's official recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Palestinian rage over Trump's decision has resulted in violent outbursts.

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Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas firmly rejected the US declaration, and pronounced Jerusalem the "eternal capital of the state of Palestine."