Thursday 19 July 2018

Clashes continue as Israel strikes Gaza militant posts after rockets fired

A Palestinian protester throws back a teargas canister that was fired by Israeli soldiers during clashes on the Israeli border with Gaza, Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra)
A Palestinian protester throws back a teargas canister that was fired by Israeli soldiers during clashes on the Israeli border with Gaza, Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra)
A Palestinian protester prepares to throw back a teargas canister that was fired by Israeli soldiers, during clashes on the Israeli border with Gaza, Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017.(AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra)
Palestinian protesters run for cover from teargas fired by Israeli soldiers during clashes on the Israeli border with Gaza, Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra)
Palestinian Hamas militants take part in a protest against U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, in the northern Gaza Strip December 7, 2017. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem
People watch as Palestinian Hamas militants take part in a protest against U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, in the northern Gaza Strip December 7, 2017. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem
Palestinian Hamas militants take part in a protest against U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, in the northern Gaza Strip December 7, 2017. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem
A damaged mosque minaret is seen as Palestinian Hamas militants take part in a protest against U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, in the northern Gaza Strip December 7, 2017. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem
A damaged mosque minaret is seen as Palestinian Hamas militants take part in a protest against U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, in the northern Gaza Strip December 7, 2017. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem
Palestinians burn a U.S. flag during a protest against Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, in Gaza City December 7, 2017. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem
Palestinian militants of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) burn representations of an Israeli flag and a U.S. flag during a protest against Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, in Gaza City December 7, 2017. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem
Palestinians burn posters of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Donald Trump, during a protest against the U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, in Gaza City Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra)
A Palestinian steps on a poster of U.S. President Donald Trump and a representation of the American flag during a protest against the U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, in Gaza City Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra)

Ali Abdelaty in Cairo and Nidal al-Mughrabi in Gaza

The Israeli military said on Thursday that an aircraft and a tank had targeted two posts belonging to militants in the Gaza Strip after three rockets were launched at Israel.

Sirens sounded in Israel at various locations on a day of heightened tension following demonstrations in the coastal enclave and the occupied West Bank as Palestinians protested at U.S. President Donald Trump's announcement on Wednesday that he was recognising Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Two rockets launched at Israel from the Gaza Strip fell short inside the Palestinian enclave earlier in the evening and a third, fired later, landed in an open area in Israel causing no casualties or damage, an army spokeswoman said.

Gaza residents said there were no casualties from the Israeli attack and that two unmanned lookout posts were hit.

A Jihadist Salafi group in Gaza called the Al-Tawheed Brigades - which does not heed the call from the enclave's dominant force, Hamas, to desist from firing rockets - claimed responsibility for the launches.

"In response to ... projectiles fired at Israel throughout the day ... an IDF tank and an IAF aircraft targeted two military posts in the Gaza Strip. The IDF holds Hamas responsible for the hostile activity perpetrated against Israel from the Gaza Strip," an army statement said.

During the Gaza war in 2014, Israel's Iron Dome rocket interceptor system largely protected the country's heartland from thousands of rocket barrages fired by militants.

Reuters

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