Israeli jets carried out airstrikes on militant targets in the Gaza Strip early on Thursday, in response to the three rockets fired at Israel’s territory on Wednesday, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) said on Twitter.
In response to the 3 rockets fired at southern Israeli communities throughout yesterday from Gaza, IAF fighter jets targeted a significant terror infrastructure in the Gaza Strip— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) 3 января 2018 г.
It was not immediately clear whether there were any casualties on the Palestinian side.
The IDF also said it will continue to "use all means to thwart attempts to attack the citizens of Israel" and to protect Israel’s sovereignty.
The IDF will continue to use all means to thwart attempts to attack the citizens of Israel. The IDF will not allow any breach of Israeli sovereignty or any hostile attempts by terror organizations such as Hamas and remains prepared for a wide variety of scenarios— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) 3 января 2018 г.
On Wednesday, the Israeli military reported that it had registered three rockets launched from the Gaza Strip targeting the territory of Israel. No damage or victims have been reported.
More than 20 rockets have been fired from the Gaza Strip over the past month amid a fresh spike in tensions between Israel and Palestine, following US President Donald Trump’s move on December 6 to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish state.
Israel blames Palestine’s Hamas movement for the rocket attacks. In turn, Hamas has claimed that the rocket shelling targeting Israel from Gaza is a matter of self-defense for Palestinians and that the move was provoked by the US decision on Jerusalem.
On December 12, Hamas announced the beginning of a third "intifada" uprising to protest the US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.