Israeli warplanes batter Gaza with missiles after day of rage over Trump’s Jerusalem decision: Air strikes injure 15 after terrorists launched rocket attack

Saturday, December 9, 2017
By Paul Martin

Terrorists fired rockets from the Gaza strip to Israel last night – one fell short, one was stopped, one hit city
In retaliation, Israeli warplanes hit Gaza with missiles targeting military bases and killing two Hamas members
Today Palestinian protesters march on Israel border after Trump recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

9 December 2017

Israeli warplanes rained down missiles on Gaza overnight in retaliation for rockets shot into Israel as violent protests continued today following Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the country’s capital.

Targets included two weapons manufacturing sites, a military compound and an arsenal. Reports in Gaza said that 15 people were injured in the strikes, including a six-month-old boy.

Two members of Hamas were killed by strikes on the Hamas facility at Nusseirat in central Gaza, officials said.

The attack was a response to rocket fire from the Gaza Strip on Friday which forced Israeli civilians in the south of the country to run for cover as air raid sirens blared for the first time since the unrest began.

One rocket fell short, the second was intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome missile defence system, and one landed in the southern Israeli city of Sderot, damaging property but causing no casualties.

The Israeli Defence Force blamed Palestine for the deaths and injuries caused by its retaliation. It said in a statement: ‘The IDF views the shooting at Israeli communities severely. Hamas is solely responsible for what happens in the Gaza Strip.’

Today hundreds of Palestinian protesters marched from the town of Khan Younis, in Gaza, towards the Israeli border fence, with ambulances standing by in anticipation of casualties.

As the violence intensified, police forcibly closed shops along the streets. Dramatic video taken by MailOnline reporter Jake Wallis Simons showed mounted Israeli police, backed up by officers shooting teargas, violently dispersing a demonstration in the heart of Arab East Jerusalem.

About 100 demonstrators gathered at lunchtime, chanting ‘Jerusalem is Palestine’ and stopping traffic. Their intention was to march on the Old City, a short walk away.

Police moved in quickly as the tension mounted. One woman was injured before officers on horseback charged the growing crowds, demonstrators and bystanders alike.

Teargas and stun grenades were deployed as increasing numbers of protestors fled into nearby buildings and down Salah e-Din Street, the main commercial street of East Jerusalem.

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