Israeli army fires at Hamas post in Gaza, no injuries

Illustrative A Border Police car on fire after Palestinians threw a Molotov cocktail at the vehicle in Jerusalem on Wednesday

In a televised speech from his home in the ash-Shati refugee camp in Gaza, the head of the Political Bureau of Hamas movement, Ismail Haniyya, strongly denounced the American decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to move the embassy to the occupied city, and called for a new Intifada in every part of occupied Palestine.

In response to rocket fire earlier on Thursday evening, the IDF fired on Hamas targets in central Gaza. There were no casualties.

The Israeli strikes were apparently in retaliation for rocket attacks from Gaza earlier in the day.

The rockets, which triggered the Code Red alert system in Ashkelon and other Israeli communities, landed in Gaza, the Israel Defense Forces spokesman said.

An Islamist militant group called the Al-Tawheed Brigades took credit for firing the rockets at Israel.

"In response to that fire and the projectiles fired at Israel throughout the day that fell short in Gaza, an IDF tank and an [Israel Air Force] aircraft targeted two terror posts in Gaza", the military said in a statement.

Militants fired on Thursday makeshift rockets from the Gaza Strip into southern Israel in response to US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, eyewitnesses said. The move sparked global opposition and prompted Palestinian leaders to call for three days of protest.

At least 31 people were injured in the demonstrations, according to Israeli medics, including one person who was in critical condition.

On Wednesday, Trump announced the relocation of the USA embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem - a move which drew numerous negative reactions from Muslim communities around the world.

Both Israelis and Palestinians lay claim to Jerusalem, although Israel has retained control over the city since 1967.

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