Following a barrage of rockets fired from Gaza into Israel Friday night, clashes continue this morning (Saturday) between Palestinians and IDF forces throughout several locations in Jerusalem, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip, where a 35-year-old man was reportedly injured by gunfire.
Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News
After three rockets were fired into Israeli territory on Friday night, high tensions continue this morning as angry marches left Gaza City for Khan Yunis to reach the Gaza Strip border fence. According to Palestinian reports, Palestinians violently clashed with IDF forces at several locations, including the Shu’fat refugee camp in Jerusalem, the Gaza and Aida refugee camps where tear gas was reportedly used, and at the security fence where a 35-year-old was reportedly wounded by IDF gunfire.
As previously reported by JOL, a barrage of rocket fire launched from Gaza into Israeli communities nearby came hours after it was reported that two Palestinians were killed during clashes along the Gaza Strip with IDF forces. In response to the three rockets, the third of which landed and exploded on a street in Sderot, the IDF attacked four terrorist targets in the Gaza Strip.
The rocket which landed in Sderot Friday night Photo Credit: Channel 2 News
“The targets which were attacked were two sites for the manufacture of weapons, a weapons depot, and a military compound. At each target, a number of internal elements were attacked as well,” stated the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit. “The IDF views the rocket fire towards Israeli communities gravely. Hamas is held solely responsible for what occurs in the Gaza Strip.” According to Palestinian reports, a senior commander of Hamas’ Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades was killed and 25 other Hamas terrorists were wounded.
A red alert siren was also sounded Thursday evening in the Hof Ashkelon and Sha’ar HaNegev Regional Councils though no rockets landed in Israeli territory. The alert level in the area was raised days ago in anticipation of Trump’s declaration. The recent rocket launches come amid massive riots that first broke out after Fatah and Hamas called for direct confrontations with Israeli security forces following Wednesday’s announcement. Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh called for a new intifada and called the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital “a declaration of war against the Palestinians.”