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Israeli Airstrikes Left 25 Injured in Gaza

Gaza (December 9, 2017): At least 25 Palestinians, including six children, were injured in Israeli airstrikes on Gaza on Friday night.    

Israel’s military said its aircraft bombed militant targets in Gaza on Friday whereas the Palestinian Health Ministry said at least 25 people were wounded in the strikes, including six children.

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Witnesses said most of the wounded were civilians and residents of a building in Gaza.The Israeli army said that “it targeted two posts for Hamas in the Gaza strip”. “Israeli air forces hit a military post and weapons store in the northern Gaza Strip,” the army said.

Earlier on Friday, the Israeli army said that the “Iron Dome defense system had intercepted a Palestinian rocket fired from Gaza, while another rocket landed in the Sderot community an damaged some vehicles.”

After Friday prayers, thousands of Palestinians rallied in the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and East Jerusalem to protest a decision by U.S. President Donald Trump, announced earlier this week to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

The attacks follow a second “Day of Rage” from protestors which was called in response to Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel by moving the US embassy there.

More than 80 Palestinians were wounded during disturbances in the occupied West Bank and Gaza with Israeli troops firing live rounds and rubber bullets, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent ambulance service. Dozens more suffered from tear gas inhalation.

Hamas leader Fathy Hammad said: “Whoever moves his embassy to occupied Jerusalem will become an enemy of the Palestinians and a target of Palestinian factions.

“We declare an intifada until the liberation of Jerusalem and all of Palestine.” The status of Jerusalem has been a highly contentious obstacle for securing a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinian people for generations.

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