Israeli Forces Strike Gaza After Rocket Attack in Jerusalem

Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) said its fighter jets attacked a military target and a “terrorist tunnel” on Thursday in response to rocket fire from the Gaza Strip.

IDF said that they have “struck an underground complex in Gaza used to produce rocket engines, this will significantly impede rocket manufacturing capabilities in Gaza.”

The airstrikes carried out in retaliation to a rocket fired from Gaza at around 10.30pm on Wednesday night, the IDF said in a statement, adding it destroyed a car and damaged part of a house in Israeli city of Sderot.

Meanwhile, Hamas, the Islamist movement that controls the Gaza Strip, said it had fired surface-to-air rockets at Israeli planes.

The fire exchanges come after nearly a month of deadly violence in Israel and the Palestinian territories, where both sides received causalities.

The recent violence was erupted in Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jersualem, where both Muslim and Jews considered it as their scared place. More than 150 Palestinians and three Israeli police were wounded in the violence.  

Since late March, 14 Israeli people, inducing police officers, have died in four separate attacks carried out by the Palestinians.

In response, Israel carried out raids across the occupied West Bank, making dozens of arrests and also 20 Palestinians died in different clashes with the Israeli forces. 

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