On Thursday, the Palestinian armed group al-Nasser Salah al-Deen Brigades announced in an official statement that its fighters fired several rockets from Gaza strip targeting Israeli settlements north of it. The statement was released by al-Nasser Salah al-Deen news agency “al-Buraq” and the armed group stressed that this is only the first response to Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and warned that more will follow.
A volley or rockets was fired out of Gaza on Thursday in response to Trump’s controversial Jerusalem announcement.
Meanwhile, the region continues to be on edge with widespread protests breaking out Thursday in response to Trump’s Wednesday afternoon speech formally recognizing Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, and included plans to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Many of these protests spiraled into violent confrontations at various locations across Israel and the Palestinian territories, including clashes between Arab protesters and Israeli soldiers in Ramallah and other places in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Protests frequently featured the burning of the American and Israeli flags as well as images of President Trump.
During the evening Thursday (local time), the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) confirmed the volley of rockets from the Gaza Strip, issuing a statement through the official IDF Twitter account, while also stating that the Israeli Army responded to the attack. “A short while ago, a projectile was fired from northern Gaza & exploded in southern Israel. In response to that fire & the projectiles fired at Israel throughout the day that fell short in Gaza, an IDF tank & an IAF aircraft targeted two terror posts in Gaza” the message stated.
Following the sirens that were sounded in Hof Ashkelon & Sha’ar HaNegev regional councils in southern Israel earlier this evening, 2 launches from Gaza towards Israel landed within the Gaza Strip
— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) December 7, 2017
The IDF followed the message with a warning that it would hold Hamas directly responsible for all “hostile activity” and threats coming from Gaza: “The IDF holds Hamas responsible for the hostile activity perpetrated against Israel from the Gaza Strip.”
The Al-Nasser Salah al-Deen Brigades rocket attack was likely coordinated with the Hamas Movement as the al-Nasser Brigades are one of the main allies of Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
The Gaza based Al-Nasser Salah al-Deen Brigades took credit for the Thursday rocket attack on southern …read more