On December 11, a rocket was launched from the Gaza Strip on targets in southern Israel, according to the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). The IDF said that the target of the rocket was not identified. In response, an IDF battle tank and the Israeli Air Force conducted strikes on positions of the Hamas movement in southern Gaza.
In response to the rocket, an IDF tank and the IAF targeted Hamas terror posts in the southern Gaza Strip. The IDF holds Hamas responsible for these aggressive acts originating from the Gaza Strip
— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) 11 December 2017
This was the fourth incident between Israeli forces and Palestinian groups in the area of Gaza in the last few days.
On December 7, the Palestinian armed group al-Nasser Salah al-Deen Brigades fired several rockets on Israeli settlements north of Gaza. In response, an IDF battle tank and warplanes struck two posts in Gaza.
On December 8, al-Nasser Salah al-Deen Brigades shelled Israeli settlements in the same area. The Israeli anti-rocket system Iron Dome successfully intercepted the rocket, according to the IDF. Israeli warplanes bombed an alleged Hamas training compound and a warehouse in Gaza.
All these developments came amid the continued protests against Israel across the region. The Israeli-Arab tensions once again sparked in the region on December 6 after the US president announced his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s true capital and to move the US embassy there.