Israeli fighter jets strike 'terror targets' in retaliation to Gaza rocket fire
MAHMUD HAMS (AFP)
Israeli fighter jets bombed "terror targets" in the Gaza Strip in retaliation for rocket fire at southern Israel, a military spokesperson said early on Thursday.
"In response to the projectiles fired at southern Israeli communities throughout yesterday from the Gaza Strip, IAF (Israeli air force) fighter jets targeted a significant terror infrastructure in the Gaza Strip," Israeli forces said in a statement.
"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."
Several hours earlier, three rockets were fired into Israeli territory, with the Eshkol regional council confirming that two landed close to the border though their remains have yet to be found.
No alarms sounded and there were no injuries or damage.
Palestinian militants in Gaza have fired at least 20 rockets or mortar rounds at Israel since US President Donald Trump's controversial December 6 recognition of Jerusalem as the country's capital, at least six of which have been intercepted by the Iron Dome defense system.
The projectiles are often fired by fringe radical Islamist groups, but Israel holds Gaza's militant rulers Hamas responsible for any attacks from the territory and retaliates by targeting Hamas positions.
In the West Bank, meanwhile, the IDF said that an attempted stabbing of an Israeli soldier thwarted and the would-be assailant was subdued without gunfire.
Hours earlier, a Palestinian teenager was shot dead during violent clashes with Israeli soldiers near the city of Ramallah in the West Bank, the Palestinian health ministry said.
Musab Firas al-Tamimi, 17, was shot in the village of Deir Nizam some 14 miles (23 kilometers) northwest of Ramallah, it said, bringing to 14 the number of Palestinians killed in unrest since US President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital last month.
The Israel Defense Force (IDF) said it was examining the incident, confirming that IDF forces opened fire "during a violent riot in which 30 Palestinians participated" in the Deir Nizam.
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