Published: Fri, December 08, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Israel strikes Gaza after rocket fire

Israel strikes Gaza after rocket fire

The rockets were fired on Thursday evening as Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank protested the announcement on Wednesday by U.S. President Donald Trump recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade warned travellers heading to Jordan, Israel, the Gaza Strip and the West Bank there may be widespread protests over the move by the Trump administration. There were no casualties.

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.

HAMAS leader Ismail Haniyeh called for a new "intifada", or uprising, yesterday in response to United States recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

"We want the uprising to last and continue to let Trump and the occupation regret this decision", said Haniyeh. "Jerusalem is being kidnapped and ripped from us".

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.

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. On Nov. 30, IDF forces attacked four Hamas military posts.

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