Jerusalem - Israeli Army Says Two Rockets Launched At Israel From Gaza Landed Short

Published on: December 7th, 2017 at 12:49 PM
By: Reuters 

Jerusalem - The Israeli military said on Thursday that two rockets launched at Israel from the Gaza Strip fell short inside the Palestinian enclave.

Sirens sounded in Israel at various locations around the northern Gaza Strip on a day of heightened tensions following demonstrations in the coastal enclave and the occupied West Bank in which Palestinians protested at U.S. President Donald Trump's announcement on Wednesday that he was recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital city.

"Following the sirens that sounded in Hof Ashkelon and Sha'ar HaNegev regional councils in southern Israel earlier this evening, two launches from the Gaza Strip toward Israel were identified. No hits were confirmed in Israeli territory. Hits were confirmed within the Gaza Strip," an army statement said.

There was no initial claim of responsibility from any militant groups in the Gaza Strip. Israel often responds swiftly with air strikes and tank fire to militant rocket launchings from the territory.

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.

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