Israel Defense Forces strike Gaza Strip after Hamas rocket attack

Israel Defense Forces strike Gaza Strip after Hamas rocket attack

Israeli Air Force is bombing several targets in Gaza on Thursday in response to a volley of mortar fire from Palestinian militants, as tensions escalate after President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Humanitarian organisation the Palestinian Red Crescent said dozens suffered tear gas inhalation, six more were wounded by rubber bullets and one person from a bullet wound. Clashes were also reported throughout Judea and Samaria as Palestinians rioted following United States President Donald Trump's declaration Wednesday night that the U.S. recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Security sources said no rockets fell in Israeli territory.

"The American decision is an aggression on our people and a war on our sanctuaries", he said. Hamas went through the motion of handing over control of the Gaza Strip to Fatah and the Palestinian Authority - from which it violently wrestled control in 2007 - as it seemed to cooperate with the terms agreed to under Egyptian brokering.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, meeting Jordanian King Abdullah II, called Mr Trump's decision an "unacceptable crime" that had isolated Washington in the world.

Cuba and Venezuela also condemned Mr Trump's decision on Wednesday. "It is an unmasked support to occupation, oppression and injustice", Haniyya added, "Jerusalem is ours, there is no West or East; it is the united Arab and Islamic capital of the state of Palestine, a state from the river to the sea".

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