Three rockets fired from Gaza at Israel, two intercepted by Iron Dome

Katrina Barker
December 30, 2017

Israeli tanks and jets launched attacks against the Gaza Strip on Friday in retaliation to Palestinian rocket fire against southern Israel.

The residents of southern Israel again went scrambling for cover at midday Friday as the Red Alert sirens blared a warning that rocket fire was on the way multiple times in the Gaza Belt region.

The Israeli army claimed it was responding to shells, fired from Gaza into Sha'ar Hangev Regional Council of Settlements, and added that one shell hit a structure, and two others were intercepted by the Iron Dome system.

The launches came amidst escalation between Israel and the Palestinians over U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and his plan to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. However, the last two weeks had seen relative quiet return to the area.

No casualties or material damage was reported.

Palestinians were enraged by Trump's declaration, viewing it as siding with Israel on the most sensitive issue in the conflict. "We will use all means to defend Israel's sovereignty and security", Netanyahu said. A spokesman for the Hamas-run health ministry said nobody was injured by the Israeli fire. Both of the intercepts were made above Kibbutz Alumim, close to the Gaza border.

Other reports by AllAboutTopnews

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