Israel shells Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip amid Jerusalem tensions

Israel shells Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip amid Jerusalem tensions
Cross-border exchanges between Israel and the Gaza enclave continue as tensions rocket following Trump's Jerusalem embassy move
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12 December, 2017
Since Trump's announcement, the Gaza Strip has seen daily protests and clashes [Getty: File photo]
Israeli military claimed it intercepted a rocket launched at Israel from the Gaza Strip late Monday, hours after Israel had bombed Hamas positions.

In a statement released by Israel's military, they claimed the Iron Dome missile defence system shot down a rocket fired at Israel from the Palestinian territory. No injuries or damage was reported by Israel.

The military added that shortly afterwards, an Israeli tank responded by bombarding a Hamas military position in the northern Gaza Strip. 

Two Palestinians have been killed according to a statement released by the Islamic Jihad militant group in Gaza after 'mishandling explosives'.  

Earlier Tuesday, four Palestinians were wounded, one seriously, by Israeli gunfire as they protested near the Israeli border fence in eastern Gaza City.

Gaza's coastal territory was shelled earlier in response to a rocket fired towards southern Israel. The following comes latest in the series of cross-border exchanges that have left at least four Palestinians dead since Friday.

Reconciliation efforts between Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas were due to resume on Monday, with the control of the Gaza Strip transferred from the Islamist movement to the Palestinian Authority.

But since Trump's announcement last Wednesday, both the Palestinian territories and the Gaza Strip have seen daily protests and clashes.

Trump's controversial announcement have undermined the likelihood of a reconciliation happening, and damaged the already fragile peace process. On Friday, Hamas declared an 'intifada' and called for a 'day of rage'.

Israel regards Jerusalem as its capital, a position nearly the entire world rejects saying its status should be determined in peace talks with the Palestinians.

Jerusalem is a key issue in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and many Arab leaders and others have reacted in anger.  

Trump's move has been condemned worldwide and protests have been taking place globally including in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Turkey, Malaysia, Indonesia, Egypt, Jordan.