IDF retaliates against Hamas for rocket attacks

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Furthermore, after two rockets were fired from Gaza this evening, the IDF does not rule out the possibility that the Gaza Strip may join the violence.

An Israeli tank returned fire.

Israel holds Hamas responsible for all activity happening in the Gaza Strip.

Rockets or mortar rounds were fired Thursday afternoon at Israeli army forces.

Twenty Palestinians from the village of Qusra in Samaria were arrested by Israeli security forces Wednesday night in connection with an attack on a group of Jewish children who were hiking in the area last week.

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An Islamist militant group called the Al-Tawheed Brigades took credit for firing the rockets at Israel.

The rockets came amid rising tensions in Gaza and the West Bank following U.S. President Trump's announcement that the U.S. recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Demonstrators in cities including Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Ramallah rallied against Trump's shift in policy, some burning American flags and photos of the USA president.

Dozens of Palestinians in Gaza also staged violent protests along the security fence surrounding the coastal enclave, throwing rocks and rolling burning tires at the barrier and the Israeli soldiers on the other side. One person was treated for light injuries.

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