Three Rockets Fired into Southern Israel; Israel Stikes Hamas Facilities in Gaza

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Two other rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile defense system, indicating that both were headed directly for populated areas.

A third landed in an Israeli community in the Sha'ar Hanegev region, near the border with Gaza, according to the Israeli news website Ynet.

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"In response to the rockets fired towards Israel, IDF (Israel Defence Forces) tanks and IAF (Israel Air Force) aircraft targeted two posts belonging to the terrorist organisation Hamas in the northern Gaza Strip", the army said in a statement. Israel claims that his body was taken by Hamas together with the body of another soldier and demands the Islamist organization to return it. There were no injuries but the rocket did cause limited damage to one of the community's buildings.

The rocket attack interrupted a ceremony in honor of the birthday of Israeli soldier Oren Shaul, notoriously captured and slain by Hamas in 2014.

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Palestinians were enraged by Trump's declaration, viewing it as siding with Israel on the most sensitive issue in the conflict.

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The al-Mezan Center for Human Rights reported in that between January and May of 2017, Israel had seized five fishing boats, detained 14 Palestinian fishermen, shot and injured four, while two fishermen were killed.

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