IDF bombs Hamas positions in Gaza after rocket attacks

Donald Trump in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah

IDF bombs Hamas positions in Gaza after rocket attacks

Two rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip Thursday afternoon, according to another IDF statement.

"When it's going to an open field, we try not to scare the public", the spokesperson said.

Gaza residents said there were no casualties from the Israeli attack and that two unmanned lookout posts were hit. The IDF confirmed the rockets did not reach Israeli soil and the Al-Tawheed Brigade, a Jihadist Salafi group, claimed responsibility for the rockets.

Clashes were also reported throughout Judea and Samaria as Palestinians rioted following United States President Donald Trump's declaration Wednesday night that the U.S. recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

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The Palestinian Authority called for a general strike in Palestinian cities as a result of Trump's declaration, while Hamas has taken a harder line and is advocating for a new Palestinian uprising. In the blast and its aftermath, 12 members of the terrorist group were killed, along with two Hamas operatives. The protesters also clashed with Israeli security forces firing tear gas and stun grenades, as well as rubber bullets and live ammunition.

The incident occurred against the background of mass Palestinian protests in all settlements of the West Bank of the Jordan River in response to the USA move to designate Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.

Trump's announcement, which was warmly received by Israel, overturns decades of precedent and runs counter to global consensus, with no other country now taking the same stance.

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