Israeli army airstrike kills two Palestinians in Gaza

Violet Powell
December 12, 2017

Shortly afterward, an Israeli tank responded by bombarding a Hamas terror position in northern Gaza, the military said.

Palestinians say the two killed were members of the Al-Quds Brigade, the military wing of Islamic Jihad.

"The IDF holds the Hamas terror organization accountable for this hostile act originating in the Gaza Strip", an IDF spokesman stated. The Iron Dome Aerial Defense System intercepted a rocket above the city. On Friday, two protesters were shot dead in skirmishes with Israeli troops along Gaza's border.

Two members of the militant Islamist Hamas movement were killed in night-time Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip at the weekend in response to rocket attacks on the southern Israeli town of Sderot.

A rocket that was sacked from Gaza at around 11:30 PM on Monday night was intercepted by an Iron Dome battery over the city of Ashkelon.

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No injuries or damage were reported.

The rocket launches in the direction of Israel from the Gaza Strip were resumed after a three-month break after US President Donald Trump ordered to transfer the US embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on December 6 and recognized the city as the capital of the Jewish state.

Residents also report hearing IDF artillery shelling the Beit Hanoun area of Gaza in response. Palestinian security officials in the enclave said the strikes hit two Hamas posts.

Monday's strikes came a day after Israel said it destroyed a tunnel built by Hamas that ran several hundred meters (yards) into Israeli territory.

Hamas last week called for a new intifada against Israel and urged Palestinians to confront soldiers and settlers, allowing thousands of Gazans to confront Israeli troops at the Gaza border fence in recent days.

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