Two rockets fired at Israel from Israel from Gaza Strip, no casualties reported, says military

Jerusalem: Israeli forces on Thursday intercepted two rockets fired from the Gaza Strip, while a third came down inside Israeli territory, the military said.

"The IAF (Israeli Air Force) successfully intercepted two rockets launched from the Gaza Strip towards Israel," the Israeli military said on Twitter.

Smoke and sand are seen following what witnesses said was an Israeli air strike in Gaza. Reuters image

Representational image. Reuters

"A short while ago, an additional rocket was launched from the Gaza Strip at Israeli territory and fell in an open area in the Eshkol Regional Council, southern Israel," it added.

Israeli public radio reported the rocket exploded in a field and that there were no casualties.

Militants in the Palestinian enclave have fired both rockets and mortar rounds into Israel over the past week amid anger over US president Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

The Israeli Air Force hit the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip earlier in the day, lightly wounding three people, after Palestinians fired at southern Israel, the military and Gaza security officials said.

Three Palestinians were lightly wounded in the strikes, the health ministry in Gaza said. No casualties were reported on the Israeli side.

Trump's announcement last Wednesday has sparked protests across the Palestinian territories, with four people killed and hundreds wounded in clashes or retaliatory Israeli air strikes so far.


Updated Date: Dec 14, 2017 07:59 AM

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