Israeli army intercepts two rockets fired from Gaza

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The IDF fired artillery shells at two Hamas compounds in the eastern Gaza Strip, and the IAF bombed the same compounds in retaliation for a rocket attack on Israeli settlements near the border, the IDF spokesperson reported Friday.

Israel's Iron Dome missile defence system intercepted two rockets fired from the Gaza Strip, the Israeli army said on Twitter on Friday.

During the increased tensions, Israel repeatedly responded to days of rocket fire by striking 40 Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip.

Police said the third rocket hit a structure in a community near Gaza, causing damage but no casualties.

On December 19, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said he believed that the rocket fire by Gaza-based terrorist groups was over, referring to the attacks as the "price" Israel had to pay for US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. However, the last two weeks had seen relative quiet return to the area.

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No group claimed responsibility for the attack on a kibbutz near the Gaza border with Israel.

The status of the city is one of the most sensitive issues in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

At least 10 Palestinians were injured in the clashes.

At least 500 people have been arrested, including Fatah leaders in Jerusalem.

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