Israeli servicemen down rocket fired from Gaza Strip

Israeli servicemen down rocket fired from Gaza Strip
# 08 December 2017 18:26 (UTC +04:00)

Tensions between Palestine and Israel have been mounting in the wake of US President Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, with the Hamas movement threatening to start a new Intifada, APA reports quoting sputniknews.

Missile defense system Iron Dome has intercepted a missile fired from the Gaza Strip at the south of Israel, according to the Israeli army.

There were no immediate reports on casualties.

Initially the Israel Defense Forces reported that "sirens sounded in the Sha'ar HaNegev, Sdot Negev, and Hof Ashkelon regional councils and in the city of Sderot, southern Israel".

The current attack from Gaza is the second one since Donald Trump announced his decision to designate Jerusalem as the official capital of Israel and relocate the US embassy there.

Yesterday two missiles were launched from the Gaza Strip but did not reach Israel falling short in the Palestinian territory. Responsibility for the attack was claimed by the Islamist group operating in Gaza — Al-Tawhid Brigades, according to Reuters.

The Israely military fought back with tank and aircraft attacks targeting military posts in Gaza, which resulted in zero casualties.

Trump's Jerusalem gesture provoked harsh reaction in the Arab countries, with Hamas movement's leader Ismail Haniyeh calling for a new intifada, uprising against Israel, and its spokesman warning that the decision "opens the gates of hell on US interests in the region."