Israel strikes Gaza in latest cross-exchange amid Jerusalem tension

Israel strikes Gaza in latest cross-exchange amid Jerusalem tension
Cross-exchanges continue between Israel and Gaza as tensions remain high following Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
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04 January, 2018
Israeli airstrike in the northern Gaza Strip December 9, 2017 [Getty]
Israeli aircraft hit the Gaza Strip on Thursday after rocket fire from the Palestinian enclave targeted a southern community, the Israeli army said.

The Israeli military says it struck what it described as "significant terror infrastructure" after three mortars were fired from Gaza into Israel the previous day. No casualties were reported in either incident.

A series of cross-border exchanges have erupted since President Donald Trump announced earlier this month that the US would recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Israel says it holds the Islamist group - Hamas - responsible for all rocket fire, despite an Egyptian-brokered agreement in early October that set December 10 for the transfer of power to the Palestinian Authority.

Trump's controversial announcement only worsened the likelihood of a reconciliation happening, and damaged the already fragile peace process.

The area has been largely calm since the 2014 Israel-Hamas war, but the week since Trump's Jerusalem embassy move statement has seen violent protests by Palestinians and the most intensive exchange of cross-border fire since the 2014 conflict.

Palestinians have clashed with Israeli troops across the West Bank and along the Gaza border since Trump's announcement, leaving 13 Palestinians dead.

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

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.

Under international law East Jerusalem is considered occupied Palestinian territory.