Israel stages airstrikes in Gaza Strip, response to rockets

2017-12-14 17:53
Palestinian protesters run for cover during clashes on the Israeli border with Gaza. (Khalil Hamra, AP)

Palestinian protesters run for cover during clashes on the Israeli border with Gaza. (Khalil Hamra, AP)

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Jerusalem - The Israeli military on Thursday said it had carried out a series of airstrikes on Hamas facilities in the Gaza Strip in response to new rocket attacks from the Palestinian area.

The military said the overnight strikes hit facilities used as training and weapons storage facilities.

Gaza militants have fired rockets into Israel daily following US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital last week. Two Gazans have been killed in clashes with Israeli troops along the border and two others were killed in airstrikes.

Israel says it holds Hamas, the militant group that controls Gaza, responsible for all fire originating in the territory. The two sides have fought three wars since Hamas seized control of Gaza in 2007.

In Jerusalem, meanwhile, Israeli police announced the arrests of 67 Palestinians allegedly involved in clashes that broke out during demonstrations against Trump's decision.

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