Israel Intercepts Gaza Rocket Fire During Memorial Ceremony

Trevor Jackson
December 30, 2017

Six missiles reportedly fired at "two Hamas positions" after interception of rockets by Israel's missile defence system.

Police said that a third rocket struck an Israeli community in the Negev region bordering the Gaza Strip, causing damage to a building but no injuries, the Jerusalem Post reported.

According to Aljezera, there were no immediate reports of casualties.

Israeli tanks and aircraft on Friday hit the Gaza Strip after rocket fired from the Palestinian enclave targeted a southern community.

The shells were fired while many Israeli fighter jets, and drones, were seen flying over various parts of the Gaza Strip.

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Afghan Journalists Safety Committee condemned the attack "in the strongest terms possible", writing on Twitter. Women and children were among the dead at the center, which accounted for the vast majority of the casualties.

No group claimed responsibility for the attack on a kibbutz near the Gaza border with Israel.

The rocket attack interrupted a ceremony in honor of the birthday of Israeli soldier Oren Shaul, notoriously captured and slain by Hamas in 2014.

The Israeli army said it is now investigating the incident.

At least 18 rockets have been fired at Israel since US President Trump's highly-contested decision to declare Jerusalem as the capital of the country.

In the West Bank small groups of Palestinians clashed with Israeli forces, including north of Ramallah and in the Hebron area, where two were wounded by live fire, Palestinian medical and security sources said.

Other reports by TheDailyFarc

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