Israel strikes Gaza after rocket fire

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The IDF added that they hold Hamas, which governs Gaza but is supposed to hand over control to the Palestinian Authority on Sunday, responsible for any rocket fire emanating from the Strip.

It's not yet clear if there were any casualties in either 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. A Palestinian protester prepares to throw back a teargas canister that was sacked by Israeli soldiers, during clashes on the Israeli border with Gaza, Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017.Palestinian protesters run for cover from teargas fired by Israeli soldiers during clashes on the Israeli border with Gaza, Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017.

"We demand, call and will launch an intifada in the face of the Zionist occupation", Haniyeh said in a speech Thursday.

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Jerusalem's status is among the most hard issues in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the United States traditional position has been that it must be negotiated between the two sides.

The directive given to IDF soldiers ahead of Friday's expected riots is to show as much restraint as possible until the situation becomes life-threatening.

Israel's strikes on Gaza mark the second time in less than two weeks that the IDF attacked the area in retaliation for alleged attacks from Hamas.

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