Israel Launches Airstrike

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The Israeli Air Force has launched an airstrike on Hamas facilities on the Gaza Strip in retaliation for projectiles that were fired at Israel, the Israeli Defense Forces confirmed Friday.

“In response to the projectiles fired at Israel from Gaza earlier today, IAF aircraft targeted a Hamas training compound & an ammunition warehouse in the Gaza Strip,” the IDF said in a Twitter statement.

“The IDF holds Hamas solely responsible for all hostile acts against Israel emanating from the Gaza Strip,” the military said in an additional tweet.

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According to the Palestinian Health Ministry, at least 25 people were injured in the Israeli airstrike, including six children.

Neither of the two rockets fired from the Gaza Strip at Israel landed on Israeli land. The Israeli military said one the rockets was intercepted by the country’s missile defense system, while the other did not reach Israeli territory.

The border violence comes as Palestinians are protesting President Donald Trump’s announcement Wednesday in which he recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

At least 2 Palestinian protesters were killed by Israeli soldiers.

“During the riots IDF soldiers fired selectively towards two main instigators and hits were confirmed,” the Israeli army said in a statement, according to Reuters. The protesters had been rolling burning tires and throwing rocks at soldiers.

At least 81 Palestinians have been injured, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent ambulance service.

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Palestinian leaders, who decried Trump’s decision, have encouraged the protests to take place.

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh called for Palestine to rise up against Israel, according to The Associated Press.

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“The American decision is an aggression on our people and a war on our sanctuaries,” he said. “We want the uprising to last and continue to let Trump and the occupation regret this decision.”

Hamas official Ismail Radawn echoed Haniyeh’s remarks, saying, “This decision will open the gates of hell on U.S. interests in the region.”

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called Trump’s move “deplorable and unacceptable,” and claimed it was a deliberate act to undermine peace efforts in the Middle East.

The Palestinian president insisted that Jerusalem is the “eternal capital of the state of Palestine.”

In Lebanon, meanwhile, the front-page headline of a pro-Hezbollah newspaper reportedly read, “Death to America,” Reuters reported.